I have been obsessed over pop art. It started with my Andy Warhol tribute. It was renewed when I created my Where the Wild Things Are piece. Now, I have my Roy Lichtenstein tribute. I couldn’t stop with the pop art. I still can’t. I was engrossed with doing this piece. When I finished it, I felt slightly incomplete because I enjoyed creating this. I had somewhat of an idea when I was making this. I went with the same stencil that I did for the Wild Things piece. I feel like that is sorta my thing now. It gives it my own touch. I knew I wanted to pay tribute to Roy Lichenstein and as I did little by little, this piece essentially created itself. Although, I will give credit to my girlfriend for the “Boom” and somewhat of the “Ding.” I had a different word instead of Boom, but she didn’t feel it was powerful enough. The ding came in part when she suggested a boxing ring bell to give the right side some clout.
The reason this piece even exists is unfortunately due to the passing of Muhammad Ali. He was the GOAT in all forms of the acronym – inside and outside of the boxing ring. Creating this piece was emotional. I grew up watching the old footage. I have some memorabilia and I’ve heard private stories of the man. I decided to take an iconic photo and do a piece on it. This is filled with the stencil-esque of both Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston. I colored them. From there, I went with different renditions until I came up with the stripes and the comic-esque writing. Font was perhaps the most difficult thing along with the pen tool on the more intricate part of the fighters.