As a fellow sufferer of depression, I could certainly use more hugs than I ask people for. As a self-reliant person, I have a hard time asking people for the emotional help I need, especially since I'm so used to getting rejected for it.
... ... ... Damn. Just after 30 seconds, just by looking at it, tears are coming... And the worst part of this, I don't really know why.
You know ? Maybe it's stupid and pointless... but, until the very day that I learned he was dead, I never knew that Robin Williams was the genie in the original version [ I only saw the french version ]. One of my favorite actors ? Who was one of my favorite Disney characters ? When I saw that, I couldn't believe it ! And, yet : I should have known ! This reference to miss Doubtfire in the second film, i did recognizes it but i never had connected the two between them ! And now that I know who was the man who inspired that much energy in this character... Who was the man to thank for such performance, for such fun, for such... joy of life... ... ... he's gone.
I never really knew that much about him : his life or his carrier. The only thing that I know, is that he was one of the greatest of this world. Now, I feel stupid for not having tried to find out earlier who he was... what kind of man he was. I think that if I cried, it's not because i knew him... But because I would have wanted to know him. Because he was more than a great actor, and more than a great dreamer : he really was a great man !
Your draw, sir, is beautiful. Everything in this... is beautifull ! You can be proud of you.
I am doing a fundraiser, with Disney's permission, in a Facebook group called Cross Stitch for charity. We are stitching Genie in for suicide prevention in honor of Robin Williams. Would you be wiling to let me chart this for cross stitch for that charity? Everything is 100% above board and I can give you more information if you like, but I think people would donate a lot to be able to stitch this and that would go straight to helping people with depression.
This is SO nice! Really makes me pause for a minute and think of all the times Robin Williams has made me laugh or just be in a good mood. I bet when Robin Williams got to Heaven, the whole place had a huge celebration.
I think this is my favorite tribute piece I've seen here. It's simple, to the point, and just lovely all around. You even did an excellent job of keeping the characters on-model!
I've said this elsewhere, but the tributes I've felt the strongest reactions to are the Aladdin ones because that's the form of Robin that inpacted me the most in my life, to the point that it partially affected the direction of it. I apologize in advance for how long this is going to be. I've reduced the font size to spare your comments section at least a little bit.
I'm turning 30 next month. Aladdin first came out when I was 8 years old and in second grade, and it instantly became my favorite animated movie (it's STILL my favorite even 22 years later!). I've been collecting Aladdin stuff for about 20 years now and I have a MASSIVE collection with everything from toys and odd things I've come across (like Russian nesting dolls and an official Disney photograph of the theme park face characters of Aladdin and Jasmine painting Easter eggs of all things!), all the way up to fine art pieces that are worth hundreds of dollars each.
I adored everything about it, especially Robin Williams' Genie because he was SO brilliant in all of his ad-libbing (Disney literally stuck him in a recording booth with a bin full of random objects and let him go to town, and he went for THREE HOURS STRAIGHT... but they could only use about 20% of what he said because the rest of it wasn't appropriate! ).
Besides the collecting, I met my best friend of 15 years through The Aladdin Mailing List on Yahoo!Groups in 1999, along with many other people who affected how I turned out as a person since it was during such a critical development point in my life. That best friend and I wrote enormous fan fictions together that I illustrated, too, and that REALLY made me develop my skills for telling a story through image.
That movie (along with the other "animation Renaissance" Disney movies of the '90s) not only heavily influenced my art style, it made me decide I wanted to be an artist when I grew up.
When I made the "official" decision to be an artist when I was 12 years old, I started to work on developing my skills by drawing all of the characters, particularly Aladdin, Jasmine, and Genie RELENTLESSLY. It affected my drawing style, made me study more realistic anatomy instead of jumping into anime style like a lot of middle and high school kids do, and it even affected the way I color my work because of the movie's lush and vibrant color palette (just ike you captured so beautifully here!). It made me start coloring my line work, too, instead of leaving it black.
I thankfully have really supportive parents (they didn't say "Oh, God, where did we go wrong?!" when I told them I wanted to be an artist as my career and go to art school for college), so I was blessed to be able to go to Ringling for college to get my BFA in illustration. I'm an illustrator now for a living, specializing in children's illustration.
Celebrity deaths, especially ones as tragic as suicide, are always sombre and sad for a few moments. Robin's, though? Just like for so many other people around the word, his death HURT because of that affect he had on my entire life... a celebrity death has never made me tear up, but his (as well as wonderful artwork like yours here) absolutely did. This whole experience has been devastating for all of us.
Again, this is absolutely gorgeous and poingant in its heartfelt simplicity. It doesn't even NEED explanation, and that can sometimes be very difficult to achieve. Bravo!