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R.I.P My Beautiful Cowboy... by davidkawena R.I.P My Beautiful Cowboy... by davidkawena
Last night while I was watching one of my most favorite movies "Brokeback Mountain" on t.v. I thought, 'How come I never got to do this Brokeback inspired art work I've been wanting to for so long?! What's stopping me?"

Today I woke up to hear the news of the death of Heath Ledger... Sadness overflowed me and as always with this kind of feelings I've turned to the only safe spot I have - drawing. I won't deny the fact that there are tears in my eyes as I'm writing this... This is not the way I thought I'll draw something from this wonderful movie.

I don't want to go into what was going on in Heath's personal life, and what lead to his death - I'm sure the media will have a blast talking about it on and on in the next few days...

I wasn't his number one fan, but he touched me deeply in "Brokeback Mountain'' - his role there was actually one of the final stages of my self acceptance...

In loving memories...

Heath Ledger 1979 - 2008

Photoshop CS2
"David Kawena" 2008
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i think this work is awesome.
The shading is fantastic, very nice use of color, the value is incredible, it looks just like him!
And the meaning behind it is really very touching, it made me go AW!! And i love the way he looks like he's about to cry but he's trying to hold it in, and how he's looking away from the camera.
The spatter on the jacket kinda threw me off though.
Maybe it could be placed in the edge of the picture so that spot on the jacket wouldn't draw peoples eyes away from the face.
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LilaBlack Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You've seen...Brokeback mountain...and it's one of your favourite movies?
Oh gosh, and I thought you couldn't get any more awesome...
Merlin-UK Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Ta very much!
CloudyDay-dreamer Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
I love this. The look on his face is so sad, but its to amazing not to like this art work!
LorenaRae Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
This is such a wonderful work. He was a wonderful artist.
SparkNerdTwi Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I love him so much and was really sad when he died. All the amazing people die young. :( your art is so perfect David, you never stop making me speechless <3
ItaDreams Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
in my country and now .. I watch this film jaja
owo ..I love that man
you very well the drawing
I admire your work
HermesMail-Tail Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
So sad R.I.P indeed :(
MusicNectar Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
He's HOT!!!!!
newjazzmuzik1988 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
RIP 0 :-)
TheSpoonhead Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, amazing work, Sir. :) The facial expression is so intense, very emotional touching. I for myslef got tears in my eyes when having a closer look at it. Just great, needs to be faved. :)
rooster-crow Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
I remember the day I got the news all too well. By that stage I hadn't even watched Brokeback Mountain, but I loved watching him in movies. His death at such a young age is tragic. He will be missed by many I'm sure.
BecomingaWallflower Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No movie has ever moved me quite so much and few actors have contributed to the world of art as much.

R.I.P, Heath. Your legend lives on...
NamelessSaint Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Writer
He was so talented and would have had a wonderful career. I hate fucking Hollywood and the paparazzi for hounding this man to death.
PoeticLotusCreations Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
R.I.P., Heath! T^T
TaggyBaby Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wasnt obsessed, but i loved him. my favortie movie of his was Knights Tale though, its always been one of my favorite movies period though.
ringsanddragons Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
I miss him :( He was beautiful and you really captured that!
mayou-squat Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
heath legher ♥ peace to his soul
fullbaby Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist
Just awesome!!! :wow:
KAMdemonium Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
he was so awesome! i love all his movies!

Great job! i love His facial expression
CheesyHipster Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I just watched this movie and read the book for one of my classes. He did an outstanding job in it. He shall be missed immensely. :crying:

GREAT JOB!!! :love:
Caricature80 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work! Really amazing. You've captured his likeness and the personality of the character perfectly!
Supercushiontyre Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
It's so sad, that he's dead. He was such a good actor. ._. Great picture. <3
holimacaroni Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful drawing, it's so sad that he died :(
KrusttyhBenyh Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Lendsei Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012   Digital Artist
brokeback mountain está bien, pero creo que hay peliculas gay mejores... el otro día vi la de " The curiosity of Chance" está bastante bien ^___^ aps, muy buena tu tecnica digital!
Solar-Starfish Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Heath was one of my favourite actors from a young age, your art is beautiful x
StringOfCurses Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That is very beautiful. He sure was lovely to look at and a real tragedy that he died so young.... :'(
Aki-Moon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a beautiful picture, he was also one of my favorite actor.

The facial expression is just incredible.,by color selection comes the sad mood out even more.

Sorry for my bad englisch Im Germand :constipated:
Andydot Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HouseofDoom Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Bunny7433 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I <3 this.
Madame0Hearts Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I thought this was a picture that you colored over...very realistic,love it!
Jizoku-San Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it was such a tragic movie....
Ariequi Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are sweet.
It is so hard when we miss a star.....
But you did and amazing tribute. I love it.
Manovich-art Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
A lovely way to salute this actor. sadly taken before his time.
A beautiful piece of art.
DeadloveCalling Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Student Writer
this is so beautiful <3 Heath was an amazing actor and a great man, 'Brokeback Mountian' is one of my favorite movies of all time. So amazing <3
Umstead Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
I just discovered you. I love your work. You are so erotic and just down right good. Very nice work. Thank you.
irqueer Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
amazing tribute -
saritisima Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Its amazing, beautiful.....just perfect...I love it ^^
The-Azreal Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Thank you.
alchaest Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
One of the best thing i ever seen in my life: thank u.
RanKiyomi Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG Heathcliff! Indeed a wonderfull tribute to a great actor :D!
The movie really spoke to me when I watched it years ago and it also contributed to my self acceptance. I have watched it a lot of times but it when I watched it, it always leaves me sad :$
Anyways, I think you did a great job at capturing Ennis at his saddest moment. in piece :)
MalikAuditore Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
lumielain Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Just looking at this makes me really, really sad. Breathtakingly beautiful. Thank you. <3
StarInsomniac2009 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
first movie i ever saw him in... *sigh* wonderful painting.
disenchanted80 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
its still hard for me to watch his movies, he was so alive with energy. ugh it breaks my heart.
disenchanted80 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
its been awhile since he has passed now, about three years i'd guess judging by the date you posted. i still miss him so much. i followed his movie career, watched them all, the joker for me kind of portrayed a decent into madness that i truely believe he was suffering from, intense insomnia and anxiety can cause a person to do stupid and strange things. i wish he could have led a more peaceful existance so we could have enjoyed many more years this amazing young talented man.
sasunaruloveer Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
May he rest in peace
sirio7000 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG!!! beatifulll ... *_*
SharpAvenue Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for making such a beautiful true work of art. I'd like to ask permission to print a single copy to put on my lover's grave.
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