Yeah this is my submission for that Shepard Fairey contest...
I like the cause, so I thought I'd make a submission.
I used my own hand as a reference for the hand and no ref for the tulip.
So I chose to redraw the whole thing in pencil for a couple reasons,
1) Traditional medium has a feeling to it. While I was drawing this, I really felt connected to the piece, as if I left a bit of my own physical presence on the page as I drew it. That's something you can't get with digital media.
2) Obviously this isn't perfect. The lines aren't perfectly straight, the letters aren't perfectly equal in height. But guess what, love isn't perfect. Love doesn't come in one variety. Love has a thousand faces, and it cannot be defined between straight lines.
3) I personally feel that traditional art is underrated here on Devianart. Let's give it some love, ok?
Also, I made the fist into a hand holding a tulip. Why? Well because a fist seems very aggressive and hostile, and love and equality are all about showing compassion and understanding. This just seemed a bit more fitting. A tulip is the first sign of spring, of welcoming warmth after a long cold winter. It's a bright, positive symbol of friendship.
Anyways, I'm actually really proud of this. I'm going to keep it in a special place. Lol enjoy guys! Spread the love!