It's hard to put into words my memories of Muhammad Ali. He was great and he was pretty but above all he was a good human being. In his own words, 'Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.'
The death of 6 young college students when the balcony they were standing on collapsed in Berkeley, California was a tragedy that really hit hard. I was 14 years old when the Stardust tragedy occurred. I remember it clearly. Such a terrible loss of life. I was 14 at the time and to me the victims were adults. Now such a sad loss of life in Berkeley. The difference is from the vantage point of 49 these young people are just children in my eyes. Hence the teddy bear image. The bears also references Berkeley's young athletes, The Golden Bears.
The 7th January 2015 will stay in my mind for a long time. Something about the attack on Charlie Hebdo resonated even more deeply than other tragic events.. Perhaps it's because I spend much of my days with a pencil or pen in hand looking for ways to express ideas. I didn't want my drawing to depict anything other than the profound sadness I felt and the idea of cartoon characters from both sides of the Atlantic mourning the loss made most sense to me. The French translates as 'For our friends.' I hope you like it.
I proudly confess to being a big Prog Rock fan as a teen. Top of my list of bands were Genesis and Yes. I still find their music fantastic and their musicianship astounding. Chris Squire, the bassist with Yes, was such a good player and when I heard of his death I sat down and drew this piece. It's a jam on the cover of the first Yes album. I hope you like it.
Terry Wogan always struck me as a nice guy. I can even forgive him the 'Floral Dance' single he released. He was on the screen all through my childhood and as I grew older it struck me how darn good he was at his job. There was an effortless grace to his interviewing and presenting style. Like all great professionals he made it look easy. The bottom line is, however, he was a nice man.
I hope you enjoy this simple tribute to a great man.