Keep Ya Head Up

One of my closest cousins graduated from college last year and I wanted to do something special for her. Being that she’s an aspiring nurse and a huge Tupac fan, I wanted to create a piece that implemented both loves in her life.

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(I was able to breathe after painting the main section of the piece, lol)

I must say, I was hella nervous making this piece because I never did anything like it before. I was worried about the colors projecting through properly or if the sketch resembled the artist, lol I really was just overthinking everything. But, one thing I did keep in mind when illustrating this piece was to just trust myself.  So, I played some music, drank some white wine, and let the brush do its thang! Lol

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And between me and you, this happens to be one of my favorite pieces I’ve created so far.

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(I used the lyrics to my cousin’s favorite song, “Keep Ya Head Up” as the background)


Tupac Amaru Shakur, some would say he was one the best rappers of all time, others, would agree his words were like poetry that stimulates the mind. What makes me admire Tupac, was not because of his music but his wisdom. He delivered a message in so many different ways that allowed all types of people, especially, in the African American community to come together and  really examine the world we live in. He wanted us to be true to ourselves, he gave us something to think about and he continuously expressed the desire to create change. His being, his music, his truth, continues to influence us all to be great individuals and I highly respect him for that.

R.I.P Tupac Amaru Shakur

“Don’t leave this world without giving it your all.” – Tupac 

Materials Used: Stretched Canvas board, acrylic paint, resin (for gloss top coat), transparent paper (to apply lyrics in background)

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Hey Hey now! Welcome to Katu's Art blog. I am a young and savvy woman focusing on my path to becoming a better visual artist. My mission is to encourage other artists to follow their dreams in art. Follow my Instagram @katuvisualz / @_melodic.hue and don't forget to like, comment, and follow my blog, Beyond The Kanvas! See you around! Be You. Be True. Be ART

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