This portrait was done for the Motorhead 40th Anniversary show held in Oklahoma City. This is the second time I have painted Lemmy, and the differences in the two painting shows how much my style has evolved over the years.
This is the birth pains of the portrait. I love the pose. Elegant and tough while showing confidence.
It is a rough look because he has a rough look. He still has the swagger but not so exaggerated. He still has the glimmer in his eye, just not as bright. He’s an old god.
The shadow his hat casts on his face gives a haunting appearance. The contrast between light and shadow is exaggerated for maximum contrast.
The color palette was kept to a bare minimum, as I was going for a washed out look.
The finished piece show both weariness and vitality.
Even though he is old and slightly worn, Mr. Kilmister still has life and power inside him.