Portrait Of A Rebel | James Byron Dean
“Death can’t be considered because, if you’re afraid to die, there’s no room in your life to make discoveries. Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” ~ James Dean
I am a fan of James Dean.
I was born 22 years after James Dean died in that horrific car crash. I grew up without knowing much about Hollywood but I had seen his pictures in some local magazines. There was something about his brooding look that truly captivated not just me but millions of angsty teenagers throughout the decades since he died. He was, after all, a cultural icon of the 20th century.
Jimmy’s image might represent our turbulent teenage emotions and spirit but I think his movies (only 3 movies) and public persona do not necessarily equate to his real character. Regardless his devil-may-care attitude did represent what I went through as a teen.
Oh yes, I was a rebellious teen alright but let’s save that story for some other post 😂
I sketched this portrait sometime last year using watersoluble graphite, one of my favorite medium. Here are some of the progress photos of the sketch: