As the title of this post states, the theme here is Amy Winehouse: Before. That is, before she was overtaken by her demons: drugs and fame. I won’t bother with an Amy: After picture, since the internet is littered with photos just like that of her, appearing at best intoxicated, at worst completely lost. In fact, the first time I saw how pretty Amy actually was, in the picture on her album, “Back to Black” on vinyl, I was shocked. Her youth, coupled with just a bit of street smarts and of course her own, 1960s pinup inspired style, is what I hoped to capture here. This illustration ended up coming out a bit more cartoony than I would have liked, but I suppose that’s not a big deal.
As for Amy, it’s tragic that she didn’t stick with rehab the many times she started it. Hopefully her death will come as a wakeup call to others who are similarly situated. R.I.P.
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I really like your drawing, especially as I am a fan of Amy Winehouse…I still cannot believe she passed away…I thought I'm gonna attend her concert as she seemed to be getting better, but now its just impossible..So sad…
great drawing. I think perfectly you gave back to nature, style and beauty Amy "before". I am very impressed!!! xoxoxo
She was an amazing singer but she was lost in this world and her end was expected…
Other star dying and the 27 years old.
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You did a great job capturing her at her best, which is how she should be remembered! She was an amazing talent and I think it's so sad that people have had ANYTHING negative to say about her passing.. Anyways that's my two cents! Keep up the amazing paintings lady 😀
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this is a beautiful illustration and tribute to amy – just lovely. but, i've got to say that your comment about her death "hopefully coming as a wakeup call to others who are similarly situated" is really far off and frankly, a bit offensive to someone who has been dealing w/ the demons of drug & alcohol abuse their entire life (i'm now 36.) i'm sure you only meant the best by your statement. but, please understand that those who abuse substances are trying to numb pain – pain that is constant, chronic, and unbearable. it doesn't stop or go away ever and i don't know about amy, but in most cases this "pain" stems from early childhood trauma which is incredibly difficult to remember or pinpoint. b/c of this, most people just end up stuck in a repetitive destructive pattern controlled by the subconscious mind. people that are in this much pain don't need a "wake-up call" and are fully aware that what they are doing is dangerous to their health and well-being. we would stop if we could get the help we need w/ the core issues we need to completely heal these wounds – we just don't know why we are constantly miserable and fucked up. we don't need another person overdosing or dying to scare us out of our coping mechanism – we need to heal the trauma we experienced when we were too young to understand what was happening to us and around us. it is incredibly tragic that someone so beautiful & talented as amy had to go through such hell and such pain. but, please, don't disrespect her memory by implying she wasn't strong enough to handle her demons. i wouldn't wish that kind of pain on ANYONE and i certainly don't blame her for trying to keep those feelings at bay so that she could continue on w/ her life and try to have something besides constant misery. it's a dangerous, losing game and i wish no one had to go through early childhood trauma but from where i'm standing there's no judgement.
Turned out so well, great job!
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Beautiful illustration, you did a fantastic job. I'll admit I was never a fan of her look, even pre-drug problems, but I do appreciate the retro inspiration she took. Definitely a tragic death, but unfortunately she's not the first and won't be the last. As you said, hopefully those with similar problems can get the help they need before it's too late.
Such a beautiful painting, you did a fantastic job. I was never that into her style (even pre-drugs), but I do appreciate the retro look she was going for. Definitely a tragic death and as you said, hopefully others in a similar situation will get the help they need before it's too late.
great drawing and really nice job!
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You did a great job! So sad about what happened to her, may she RIP
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Amazing! You really are talented, just found your blog and I'm glad I did!
Yay! I was excited to see this post — it's FABULOUS. As soon as you see it, you're 100% thinking "BAM! It's Amy Winehouse." Great work!!
It's such a shame she downspiraled – her voice was so amazing. Awesome portrait of her.
I know, she´s really talented!
Dear Amy, it is all so tragic, but we can keep her memory alive by playing her music.
Wow! Your artwork is fantastic!
I loved her songs, she was awesome!
lovely picture.. she looks not as today, that's fact, when she started being famous she was georgeous..
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a beautiful illustration. so sad, and so tragic –
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A pity how so many great talents fall subject to drugs, depression, etc. Makes you wonder if the pressure we put on them is just too great…
RIP Amy Winehouse!
Beautiful illustration love!
Wow, amazing painting! We will al miss her beautiful voice.
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Just tragic – she's a member of the "esteemed" 27 group! So sad to have lost her fellow artists – Janice Joplin, Jim Morisson, Jimmy Hendrix, Curt Cobain – all at such a young age. You wonder what else they could have contributed to the world through their artistry, but also just such a sad sad thing for friends and family to have to come to grips with… Your painting turned out beautifully! Not a caricature in the least! Going to follow you fellow painter!
Love the illustration! And yes it was so so so sad… I live just a few blocks away from her house so I stopped by today to leave some flowers
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WOW….your artwork is amazing and I am definitely going to enter your giveaway! It was sad to hear that Amy passed away, I enjoyed her music and back to black is one of my favorite albums! I can't wait to see your tribute to her.
we loved her songs, she was amazing!
really loved her songs and dug her as an artist… I've been to her last concert in Belgrade.. and now I'm very… very… sad 🙁
Yes what sad news, and she had a really wonderful voice. Pity what happended. May she rest in peace.
This is a beautiful illustration and yes she was rather beautiful in the beginning.
the illustration came out gorgeous, it's really sad that she dies, it makes us very sad 🙁
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