Madonna | Artistic Interpretation #3: I’ll Remember (1994)

After a few weeks of working on the drawing, I finally completed my third artistic interpretation of Madonna. This drawing is based on a photo that was taken back in 1994 for a song called: “I’ll Remember“, which Madonna produced for an Original Motion Picture film called: “With Honors” which saw her undergo a radical change in her image and style for this particular song. This song, which was produced for the Original Motion Picture film, With Honors, came two years before the huge movie role which would completely change the way we would see Madonna, which was Evita. The movie, Evita, released in 1996, would see the Queen of Pop Songstress, Madonna, portray Eva Duarte Perón, who passed away on the 26th July 1952 during the 1952 Summer Olympics from Ovarian Cancer.

This drawing took longer to produce considering I had my studies to focus on, which is why I wasn’t able to get around to completing it until last week. I must say that I am absolutely pleased to have achieved the result that I wanted from this drawing, as I have changed the hair style over from the traditional fringe hair style she used for the video to a hair style that is more free, where she has no fringe whatsoever, but instead, long hair.

Below is my third artistic interpretation of the Queen of Pop songstress, Madonna, in her full glory.

Madonna (I'll Remember) [1994]
Madonna (I’ll Remember) [1994]

I feel absolutely pleased with the overall result I have achieved from producing this drawing, but I have made sure to carefully fine-tune certain areas of the drawing that did need some small changes.

I can admit when I began to draw Madonna for the third time, it was quite difficult for me to draw her from this angle, as her head is tilted slightly, which meant I would have to work very carefully with the face proportions, including getting the features of her face almost correct, but overall, I am absolutely thrilled with the final result I have achieved from my third artistic interpretation of Madonna and I couldn’t wait to share my creative side to drawing with all of you.

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Alex Smithson

My Artistic Interpretation of Madonna

From Friday 11th March 2016 to Monday 14th March 2016, I worked on my drawing of the Queen of Pop songstress, Madonna, and this drawing that I worked on was inspired on one of the photos that was taken of Madonna during the Ray of Light era. I can be honest with you all, this was my first proper attempt at drawing someone including their face, considering that a few years ago, I couldn’t draw a face properly unless I used a photo to trace over the original.

In this drawing, however, I did use a photo of Madonna from the Ray of Light era, but I didn’t trace her at all. Instead, I did the drawing freehand by looking at my computer screen, and then I drew freehand as I went along. I studied the photo while I was drawing, so that I could create my own interpretation of Madonna during the Ray of Light era.

Because it took some time to complete, I wanted to make sure that I could show my creative side to life in the artistic sense, and because my drawing skills had rapidly improved over the course of last year and the year before, I thought it would be nice to pay homage to Madonna as she has left a positively remarkable impact not just on my life, but on the lives of all of us, and there is no doubt that she is actually one of the most revolutionary musicians around.

I don’t care about the controversy at the end of the day that centres around her, all I care about is that she is putting herself out there for all of us and making sure to stand up and fight for what we all believe in, and it’s about time. I look up to Madonna as she is always there to inspire and make us all believe in ourselves and that we can be the best we can be.

But one thing I can say about her is she is brave at being dangerous at certain things, because I certainly couldn’t take the kind of risks she can take, and I admire Madonna entirely, because she might feel afraid to do something like any of us would, but she is brave because she goes for those risks head-on and it’s been a lot of strength, determination, courage, passion and love that has made Madonna the independent woman she is today.

As yesterday drew Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour to a remarkable close, I thought it would be a good idea to showcase the drawing I’ve done. Please keep in mind that it will of course look different to the original drawing, but I wanted to make sure my artistic interpretation of Madonna was original.

Without further ado, here is my artistic interpretation of the Queen of Pop Songstress, Madonna, in drawing form.

My Artistic Interpretation of Madonna

It’s the first time in almost a year since I last did anything drawing-based, and this is the first time I’ve ever attempted drawing someone famous including their facial features and hair, so as you can imagine it was difficult for me to draw this, but all that hard work and free time drawing Madonna was absolutely worth it. I love how it’s turned out to be honest, and it’s a way of me saying with inspiration from Madonna that we should all be ‘Living for Love’ no matter what, because after all, love really does lift us up even at the most difficult of times. I hope my drawing inspires all of you :-).

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Alex Smithson

Music: How does it show our emotions?

As the title suggests, how does music show our emotions? Well, in many of the songs that you hear by a very huge number of musicians, they create their music in a way where certain songs can capture elements of happiness, sadness, anger, but also capture a kind of feeling where you can relate to that musician in terms of certain life experiences.

As you know already, I am an avid music listener, and I can never go a day without listening to music, because music has become a part of my life including everyone else’s lives in the world.

We all listen to music, as music is what helps to connect all of us together, as well as the different types of music interests and tastes that all of us have.

In terms of how music is made, the evolution of making music has rapidly changed so fast, because before, you would have to use all of the old musical instruments and some specialist recording equipment in order to make the music you make become a reality, now, with the highly advanced technology and equipment you get nowadays, it’s almost like a straightforward process, where you just sing your heart out into the microphone, and the record labels do the rest for you.

What kind of music interests do I have? The music interests I have are Pop, Rock, R&B, Jazz, Soul, Dance, Alternative & Indie Rock.

Now, it may sound like those music genres may be of interest to me, but I’m a very fussy person when it comes to picking the music that I listen to. Why? Because I’m one of those people where I want to be able to listen to a song or album that fits perfectly with my musical tastes. When it comes to songs or albums, it has to be a song or album that not only I will like, but a song or album that everyone else in the world will like.

The reason I absolutely love certain musicians, such as Madonna, Jessie J, Ben Haenow, Olly Murs, Michael Jackson, Nelly Furtado, Cilla Black, U2, Owl City, Paloma Faith, Anastacia, Maroon 5 and many more is because they have all influenced and inspired me to go further in this world, as many of the musicians whose songs and albums I listen to are inspirational, as they want you to be yourself, and not be made into something that you don’t want to be, and that is why I feel proud to be myself, and know that my life has no limits to the dreams I want to achieve.

Music is inspiration to my ears, and it’s also a way of helping me to get through even the most stressful of days, and music is what mainly helps me to channel my own emotions, my own ideas and also my own skills into the things that I want to design and publish. Another reason as to why Mother Nature is a website is not just because of the fact that it’s a photography website, but it’s also because music is what attaches and keeps it together.

My aim for Mother Nature is to make sure that you enjoy every article that I’ve published, whilst having the Spotify playlists on the right hand side of the website, so that it helps me to connect to all of you and to also find out new music and also the connective tastes of music that you all have. I love to become interested in new things, as this helps me to connect to the world, and it also helps me, as I can reach out and connect to all of you in the world.

My three questions to you:

  1. Who are your musical interests?
  2. What genres of music do you like?
  3. Which musicians influence you the most in life?

Alex Smithson