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June 18, 2018
I gotta do what? I gotta believe!
I have wanted to make this piece for a long time now, ever since I began making 2D pieces back in 2013. It took me 5 years to finally get to it and I'm very happy with how it turned out.
Everything was hand-drawn for this piece. The outline was drawn on a large piece of cardboard and all of the pieces that made up his clothes were hand-drawn as well. I'm really happy with how Parappa turned out; however, if I had the ability to change one thing, I would either cut the cardboard with the grains going vertically or add an additional cut-out (there's only one).
Just like I did with the Pyg mask, here is the progression of Parappa the Rapper. Apparently I like to do these progressions for things that begin with the letter "P"...
Here is the cut-out of Parappa with the initial coat of tape. I like to tape up the edges before I tape up the entire piece.
I did the same with the black tape.
Afterwards, I covered the entire front with black tape. I decided to go with black for the entire outline. My reference pic had darker colors corresponding to the color of the article of clothing.
Added the colors for his arms and face. I intentionally extended some of the parts of his hands/arms so it would look like they were hidden behind the shirt.
Added his iconic hat. I extended this as well so it wouldn't be too short.
Shirt was added.
His shoes are now complete. I'm surprised that the white parts turned out as well as they did. I'm happy with them.
His face was included.
The brim of his hat was included to finish the look. Finally, the frog was added (as seen at the top)
Everything you see on Parappa is duct tape.
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