|Uploaded:||June 19, 2008|
|Updated:||June 21, 2008|
I figured I would sketch a character that has been a part of my life growing up and I am also doing this tutorial because the person I am going to show you how to sketch today is one of the few rappers that I actually enjoy listening to. Today ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, you will be learning how to draw a portrait of Tupac Shakur. 2pac was born Tupac Amaru Shakur on June 16, 1971. While Pac’s mother was pregnant with him she was serving time in prison. She ultimately was acquitted on 156 counts. Living in the Bronx she was bringing up her young son Tupac and was teaching him the value of staying in school and getting an education. If Tupac was to be mischievous his mother would make him read the entire New York Times newspaper as a form of punishment. He often asked about his father and his mother could never give him an answer to who is father was. His mother got hooked up with Mutulu a member of the Black Panther Party and when he was two his sister Sekyiwa was born. His mothers boyfriend and father to his baby sister was soon sent to prison for sixty years for an armed robbery that resulted with a fatality. For years Tupac, his baby sister, and his mother would often stay in homeless shelters leaving Tupac in tears on many occasions. He once stated in an interview “My major thing growing up was I couldn't fit in, because I was from everywhere. I didn't have no buddies that I grew up with." I’m not going to get into his whole life history but as many of you know he basically grew up in a tough household with no real place to call home. By the time he turned fifteen he already had a love for rap music and began writing down lyrics for songs. Tupac was living in Baltimore when his mother enrolled him in the Baltimore School for the Arts where he studied ballet and acting. Tupac gained a genuine feel of what he wanted to become in life and that was an artist. By the time he was twenty he had already been arrested more than four times and even served time in jail for sexual abuse. If you remember in the late eighties Tupac teamed up with Humpty Hump and became a part of a small group called Digital Underground. In the Chevy Chase movie Nothing But Trouble, Tupac and Digital Underground made a guest appearance as a bunch of young kids pulled over by John Candy who played a police officer. From there Tupac became a solo act and obtained fame and popularity with his self written songs. His first album released in 1992 called 2Pacalypse Now. This album started him on his way from coming out of poverty. Soon after the release of his first album, in 1993 he released Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. Later in 1994 he released his third album Me Against The World and then his forth album in 1996 All Eyes On Me. Sadly his fame and fortune cam to a screeching end when he was shot and killed on September 13, 1996. His music inspired and touched millions of people around the world and he held a very charismatic personality when ever he was interviewed. I will teach you how to draw Tupac Shakur step by step so you too can sketch a rap icon who’s music will be around and remembered till the end of time.