20 Hip-Hop Icons Rendered in Pencil Sketch Portraits

Written by The Rap Up. Posted in Art, Awesome

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Published on June 22, 2010 with 20 Comments

Graphic designer Mark 563 got bored one day, so he whipped out a roll of paper and some color pencils and allowed inspiration to wash over him. The outcome? These beautifully illustrated portrait sketches of 20 hip-hop figures. What makes it even more special is that Mark successfully picked 20 hip-hop artists without including any suckers. Awesome. Here are 20 hip-hop icons immortalized in portrait sketches. Which portrait is your favorite?

methodman

Method Man (Wu-Tang Clan)

notoriousbig tupac

Notorious BIG / Biggie Smalls (RIP) – 2Pac / Tupac Shakur (RIP)

easye krs1

Eazy-E (NWA) – KRS-One (Boogie Down Productions / BDP)

drdre

Dr Dre (NWA)

gza jayz

Gza / The Genius (Wu-Tang Clan) – Jay-Z

bigl mobbdeep

Big L (Diggin’ In The Crates / DITC) (RIP) – Mobb Deep

ghostfacekillah bizmarkie

Ghostface Killah (Wu-Tang Clan) – Biz Markie

rza

Rza / Prince Rakeem (Wu-Tang Clan)

bustarhymes mosdef

Busta Rhymes (Leaders Of The New School) – Mos Def

slickrick oldirtybastard

Slick Rick – Ol’ Dirty Bastard / ODB (Wu-Tang Clan) (RIP)

snoopdogg redman

Snoop Doggy Dogg – Redman

icecube

Ice Cube (NWA)

[Illustration by Mark 563]

TRU

20 Comments

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  1. Eazy-E & Mos Def = personal favorites from this gallery

  2. Eazy-E & Mos Def = personal favorites from this gallery

  3. Amazing detail. Hip-hop art FTW!

  4. Amazing detail. Hip-hop art FTW!

  5. Personally, I’d say Busta Rhymes and Mos Def Have the best composition. (and the most precise shading) Definitely my two favorites of the list.

    As far as the best MC? I’m not even going to shoot at that one.

  6. Personally, I’d say Busta Rhymes and Mos Def Have the best composition. (and the most precise shading) Definitely my two favorites of the list.

    As far as the best MC? I’m not even going to shoot at that one.

  7. These are awesome. Thanks for the post!

  8. These are awesome. Thanks for the post!

  9. The Dre one almost looks like a real picture

  10. The Dre one almost looks like a real picture

  11. These sketches are amazing, my favorite has to be the Biggie and 2pac piece, the detail is uncanny

  12. These sketches are amazing, my favorite has to be the Biggie and 2pac piece, the detail is uncanny

  13. Mos Def and Dr. Dre are pretty bad ass

  14. Mos Def and Dr. Dre are pretty bad ass

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  17. The Mos Def one is badass! Great shading and catches him at a great moment. He looks real cool in it.

  18. The Mos Def one is badass! Great shading and catches him at a great moment. He looks real cool in it.

  19. Cube’s looks crazyyyyy

  20. Cube’s looks crazyyyyy

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  22. There’s such a power in these cool sketches…

  23. There’s such a power in these cool sketches…

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