I don’t recall ever being truly upset when a celebrity has passed away. I can honestly say that I am sad knowing Robin Williams passed away. He has been involved in some of my favorite films from my childhood (such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Flubber, and Aladdin) and currently (such as Good Will Hunting, Dead Poet’s Society, and The Birdcage). It is terrible to hear that he took his own life, but hopefully he is truly at peace.
The reason behind this piece is that I have been interested lately in stencil graffiti similar to Banksy, but also art similar to Shelby and Sandy. I am not really familiar with stencils, but I decided to take my hand at making one using Robin’s face. I wanted a photo that encapsulates his laughter. From there, I worked with the Photoshop pen tool and shape tool to create the rest of the piece to mashup the stencil with the bold line style similar to Shelby and Sandy. I made a camera and microphone because that is how Robin was known best. The idea behind this piece was influenced by an old interview that he did on Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton.
Do yourself a favor, go check out Robin Williams’ filmography. Check out his interviews. Read his AMA. He was a brilliant man with demons who dedicated his life to other’s laughter. I’ll end this with a dark joke from Rorschach on Watchmen:
A man goes to see a doctor. Doctor asks what seems to be the trouble. The man says, “Doc, I’m depressed. Simply, I can’t sleep sometimes, I can’t eat, I feel down and irritable most days. I just can’t feel ‘happy.'”
The Doctor says, “I’ve got the perfect fix for you. In town tonight is the great clown Pagliacci. He’s hysterically funny and will make you laugh til you cry. You will experience a joy unprecedented.”
The man bursts into tears. The doctor, confused asks why. “Doc, I am Pagliacci.”
Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.