March 7, 2017

Uke Aloha and Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Meaning to post this on the weekend. Became super busy and getting around to it. This sketchbook drawing went through lots of changes with the underdrawings and all. 

listening to my wife's Uke jam session over the weekend, while she was playing Over The Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole and feeling inspired to draw a Uke musician. Originally this sketch was to be an addition to the series, SKETCHY, but I liked the Uke player's design that I decided to go further and digitize him. The drawings below show the process of the gradual adding of colour. Would like to make him a reoccurring  character but some times a drawing is just a drawing. 

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (also known as Bruddah Iz) has contributed to the Uke's popularity resurging and to my interest in his music.  Loved listening to his version of Over the Rainbow as so many have. This sketch is inspired by a great Hawaiian musician and activist. Also of my wife who continues to be my over the rainbow.

1 comment:

  1. Great drawing Gus! I really enjoyed seeing your drawings. Dante got into the ukulele a couple of years ago and he played over the rainbow many times when he did his practicing. We even saw Jake Shimabukuro in concert when he was in Oakville. The ukulele is a very peaceful instrument.