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Painting Process | Jay-Z the Portrait

Jay Z Portrait Painting by Borbay

Shawn Corey Carter at birth, Jay-Z upon arrival. A man who crafts, packages and delivers words by units of millions eventually becomes the message.

Jay-Z Painting by Borbay

It starts with a Rolling Stone cover, a piles of New York Post headlines, and the mission to “figure what is you talkin’ bout I don’t know what y’all sayin’.” After the jump, the process.

Jay-Z Painting by Borbay

“And now that that’s that Lets talk about the future”; a blank canvas, a few lines, then something deeper.

Jay-Z Painting by Borbay

“You stuck on being hardcore I chuck the duece up”; a round of green to redefine the composition.

Jay-Z Painting by Borbay

“Name keep poppin’ up Face keep poppin’ up”; headlines beginning to hit the canvas, a Jay-Z cover-up.

Jay-Z Painting by Borbay

“If I can’t live by my word Then I’d much rather die”; fully covered, quotes, headlines and ideas.

Jay-Z Painting by Borbay

“And it’s like you knew exactly how I wanted you to feel”; Jay-Z re-emerges from the text.

Jay-Z Painting by Borbay

“Wrong, this ain’t politically correct”; orange and yellow to begin the color field.

Jay-Z Painting by Borbay

“You colors too bright, your voice too light”; but soon, the central focus will shift.

Jay-Z Painting by Borbay

“Get back to rap you t-paining too much”; many colors at this stage.

Jay-Z Painting by Borbay

“Now I live on Billboard and I brought my boys with me”; cracking the first dark outline, beginning the shift.

Jay-Z Painting by Borbay

“You should know I bleed blue, but I ain’t a Crip though”; but eventually, the blue will require balance.

Jay-Z Painting by Borbay

“And if you listen hard enough I say some things”; Jay-Z is becoming the focus, the words are now the environment.

Jay-Z Painting by Borbay

“They stories out this world, I wonder if y’all hear”; mellowing the yellows.

Jay-Z Painting by Borbay

“Of the statue allows me to go into detail”; sharpening the edges and contours with light and dark.

Jay-Z Painting by Borbay

“This ain’t black versus white”; it’s complement against tone.

Jay-Z Portrait by Borbay

“Can’t be scared to fail Search and perfection”; bringing it toward the finish line.

Jay Z Portrait Painting by Borbay

He has 11 number one albums, and now a portrait.

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Comments

  1. iquan says:

    You killed it kid! I’m posting on my blog tomorrow with your link! Peace!

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  4. Prince says:

    im sorry to say it but it realy sucks
    over rated! period ive seen better work from other artist

  5. td says:

    All I have to say, is:
    “An anticipation for the invitation / stacks chips for the rainy day /
    Jay, Borbay is back…but was never gone…

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