TRU SOUL MOVEMENT: Crashing, Believing and Thinking Forward by Derrick Trotman

Obama Crashes the RNC
Dimensions: 8.5×11
Medium: Pencil, Prisma Marker, Charcoal, Photoshop

“I have been keeping up with all the policies and political theatre going on in the country since Obama has been president and have been frustrated with all the coded jabs. Republicans that fear the natural change in this country’s ethnic and moral changes and see President Obama as a threat to their illusion of power. Mitt Romney’s healthcare bill is the same blue print as the Affordable Care Act but because a democratic President passed a law they once pushed for is now seen as a sin.

The theme of the illustration show cases how Obama likes to pop up and make an entrance.

What better way to show your contender that you mean business than to show up on the one night where the opponent is suppose to shine not the incumbent.”

~ Tru Soul

Obama I BELIEVE IN YOU
Dimensions: 8.5×11
Medium: Prisma Marker, Sharpe Ball Point Marker

“Back in 2010 i could see early on that the problems and issues President Obama was trying to fix would not happen; due in large part to Republicans dividing the nation on social and cultural issues. President Obama believes so much in the america dream because he is a true living example having a mother who was white and a father who was black.

President Obama believes the power is still with the people and he means to put it in their hands with a strong education and a growing economy.

The over lapping colors of red and blue showcase how tightly woven the differences and opinions of the country really are. President Obama knows that the issues he faces are not easy ones which is reflected in his tight looking face.

Over all the message of the piece is that only by working together to solve our common problems will we truly strive as a United States.”

~ Tru Soul

Thinking Forward
Dimensions: 11 x 14
Medium: Pencil, Prisma Markers, Charcoal

“This piece is meant to showcase the mental toughness and strain that President Obama faces every day. For killing Osama Bin Laden, to Bailing out GM and adverting a depression; to providing quality health care for all, ending DADT and equal pay for women. The President has been under the most pressure, and dealt the worst hand and still maintains his cool and connection to the american people. Republicans have called into question his qualification to lead based on the color of his skin and the name he is known by.

Thinking Forward is a piece that says despite the hardships we have faced in the past and are presently dealing with, the future is still bright and we must move forward. It showcases the seriousness at which the President has for those in his administration to the hard-working middle class and poor.”

~ Tru Soul

A portion of proceeds from these three pieces of art will be donated to the re-election efforts for President Obama. All pieces can be purchased at Mr. Trotman’s website www.TruSoul.org. Be a part of the movement by following Tru Soul on twitter @TruSoulmovement

Thanks for reading!

~ Onjena

#sayitLOUD #registertovote #neverforget #spreadLOVE

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Derrick Trotman’s Tru Soul movement is about authentic art that raises awareness and promotes originality. He is an illustrator, designer, poet and thinker who enjoys working in multiple mediums including pencils, prisma marker, deco paint, charcoal, bamboo wood ink, water-color and digital painting. His primary influences have been his mother, Stan Lee, Cezanne, Matisse, Jim Lee, The Itialian Renissance, Debroah Haverty,  Justin Bua, African art and fractals. Learn more about Mr. Trotman by visiting www.trusoul.org

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CANVASS 44: Excerpts from an “INSIDE LOOK: Grey Williamson and the Making of the Renegade Obama Bust”

CARBON-FIBRE MEDIA (CFM): WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO DO A BUST OF PRESIDENT OBAMA?

GREY WILLIAMSON: After Barack Obama became President, it started. I watched as an unprecedented attempt at dehumanization took place with no respect for the man or the office that he held. I had seen these types of attacks before… I knew what they felt like.

History revealed that neither Malcolm X nor MLK had aspirations toward fame and fortune. Neither actively sought personal recognition. But when faced with extreme adversity they were forced to make choices of character.

It’s then that their greatness expressed itself. It was then that their true selves were revealed… and the hero emerged.

Seeing President Obama under monstrous but familiar assault, I respected the power of the moment and decided to bear witness to it…

I was struck by the strength he displayed, maintaining his character in the face of hate. I wanted to communicate how I was affected by that strength and the intensity of focus… I felt like he was fighting my fight… carrying my weight. So, I wanted to give something in return. The best that I have is my art…

Artwork becomes a part of history. Because of my ability and the uniqueness of my perspective, I couldn’t wait for someone else to capture what was happening at this time. I wanted to do my part.

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CFM: HOW DID YOU SETTLE ON THIS DESIGN… HIS EXPRESSION… HIS POSTURE…?

GREY: I wanted to portray the inner qualities of the man. I asked myself how does his wife see him, because she married him… how does a wife want to see her husband. I tried to stay true to that.

I selected the posture of a boxer because he is currently engaged in the fight of his life. His pose is reminiscent of the fighting style of Muhammad Ali, Floyd Mayweather or someone like that.

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CFM: SOME MIGHT SAY “RENEGADE” IS AN APPROPRIATE NAME FOR THE BUST SINCE PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS BROUGHT “UNWANTED” CHANGE TO AMERICA. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?

GREY: I would say that change here more represents growth and progress. I don’t believe that people, in general, object to that, they just don’t want the pain often associated with it. Although I am not responsible for that moniker being placed on him, I chose it for the bust for what it could mean as a statement against the conventional thinking of the “old guard” who still believe that extreme separation between the classes still serves them.

I believe that the Obama presidency represents a paradigm shift, a “change” in perception… the effects of which will be felt beyond our lifetimes.

Read the full interview on Carbon-Fibre Media’s blog, The Ethyr.

Additional pictures of the Renegade Obama bust can be viewed on Carbon-Fibre Media’s showcase.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Grey Williamson has worked as a writer, artist and designer for almost every major comic publisher in the comic industry. He formed Carbon-Fibre Media as a home for his entertainment properties and productions.

Kilroy III makes his professional debut at Carbon-Fibre Media with his work on the Apollo, Val-Mar and Renegade busts. He has multiple projects under development that can be viewed on his blog, Kilroy’s Attic.