Artistic Interpretation #6 / Prince Rogers Nelson (1993)

As it has been almost a year since we lost the iconic music legend, Prince Rogers Nelson, who passed away on the 21st April 2016, I wanted to take the opportunity to pay tribute to the iconic music legend by drawing for this sixth artistic interpretation.

This is the first Artistic Interpretation for 2017 and I wanted to make sure that Prince Rogers Nelson would be the first musician I would draw this year.

This drawing I’ve produced is inspired on the Greatest Hits album: “The Hits / The B-Sides” that Prince Rogers Nelson released back in 1993, as this Greatest Hits collection spans much of the music he released over the course of his career, given that he was the powerhouse and driving force that defined many generations and helped to inspire so many musicians, also because he was known for releasing so many albums that his back catalogue would be filled to maximum capacity.

Prince’s music defined himself as the iconic music legend he is, and even in death, his music will never grow old, will never become dated but will always remain timeless, as his music is eccentric and changes every time but changes so quickly that you cannot help but appreciate the iconic music legend himself for always being different and not making music that sounds the same.

Below is the completed artistic interpretation I have produced of Prince Rogers Nelson.

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Prince Rogers Nelson

I’m really pleased with the end result of this artistic interpretation, because I wanted to make sure that this drawing would keep true to the iconic music legend himself. Prince left his mark not just on the music world, but on the entire world, as his music is the reason why so many of the musicians we hear of today are still not just releasing music, but are making the best difference and being the positive changes in this world.

His music has also given so many people around the world, including myself so much to be thankful for and his music, from my perspective, is a message of hope, and that hope can mean you can be yourself and be the positive change you want to see in this world and I feel that by drawing him, he has not only been a positive influence on me, but on all of us.

I want to say this as a way of paying tribute to Prince Rogers Nelson:

“Prince. Your music has been the Sign ‘O’ the Times, Purple Rain came down on us and delighted us and When Doves Cry, you were there to give us all hope and to make sure we were the positive changes this world needs. Your Little Red Corvette sits briskly in heaven and heaven gained an angel. Sometimes it Snows in April, then there is Purple Rain, but you gave us all hope and made us all feel okay to be ourselves, so thank you for everything, Prince Rogers Nelson.”

If you want to pay your respects to Prince Rogers Nelson almost a year after the iconic music legend departed from Planet Earth, then please leave a comment below in his memory.

Alex Smithson

Remembering Prince Rogers Nelson: An Iconic Music Legend (1958 – 2016)

It is with such sadness to report that the iconic music legend, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at the age of 57.

The news of his death came just before 6:00 PM this afternoon, and with such shock, the news knocked me for six. I literally can’t get my head around this news, even now, and it’s just absolutely sad that an iconic musical legend like him has passed away less than a week after being taken ill following a recent flight.

Although I haven’t followed his entire career, I did love some of the iconic songs he produced, such as 1999, Raspberry Beret, Sign O’ The Times and even When Doves Cry.

Those songs to me are the most memorable records of my time, as they were the songs that were frequently played on the radio almost every week, and even now I can listen to them and feel nostalgic all over again.

Prince Rogers Nelson to me and to every single person on this Earth was and always will be remembered, not just for being the iconic music legend that he is, but he will be remembered for changing this world and making it into a better place.

We will miss you dearly Prince Rogers Nelson, but you will never be forgotten. You will always live on forever in our hearts, in our minds, but also in our lives. We’ll miss you, but we will always see you as the iconic music legend that you truly are.

Alex Smithson