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Jo Jo Dancer by xCINNx Jo Jo Dancer by xCINNx
"Jo Jo Dancer Your Life Is Calling" was the title of the autobiographical film written, directed, and starring Richard Pryor. This is the second in the six degrees of Marty Feldman. Richard was one of the greatest stand up comics of all time, but is perhaps most loved for his films with his friend, Gene Wilder. Less known is his role as G.O.D. in Marty Feldman's "In God We Trust". Perhaps one of his greatest accomplishments was co-writing Mel Brook's "Blazing Saddles", not only a classic comedy, but a brilliant knock at racism.
I have little to say about the actual drawing apart from the fact that I am stunned at how few people nowadays know him. I used two pencils, 2H and B, and I worked the paper a little too hard, hence this image has a heavy contrast. Oh, yeah, and I set my leg on fire while I was finishing it.
Just a late by the way, the last thing I said was not a joke. Ironic, but it really happened.
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Captain-BlackHeart Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! I also love, that in regard to Blazing Saddles, he primarily wrote the parts for Mongo.......hilarious!

The movie, Jo Jo Dancer is a brilliant film as long as you are not expecting something like Stir Crazy. It is simultaneously touching and hard hitting. Knowing more about his life, it was much more autobiographical than even Pryor wanted to admit at the time of it's production.

You captured the emotion and power of the man very well in this piece, CINN. Very well done.
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xCINNx Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Richard was such an incredibly complex person. He was so very funny, and so full of pain. That sounds like a blurb kind of thing, but in him, it was so very multiplied. He was as complex and sad as he was funny, which is blindingly brilliant. His work with Gene is most likely my favorite, as their friendship shined through everything they did. Silver Streak and Stir Crazy are such wonderful examples, but all of them were magnificent. Jojo broke my heart, but it needed to. There are scenes in that movie of such nakedness and brutality, that I could hardly watch.
And Blazing Saddles..what a movie!
Thank you so much for saying what you said. I did actually, and factually, set my own damn leg on fire while I was finishing it. I am very happy say that, and I feel it oddly appropriate. There is humor in every sorrow, and I found my own.
Thank you. Power is such a great word for Richard. He really was a powerful man. And he is.
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Captain-BlackHeart Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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xCINNx Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Indeedy!! :D
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gintmfgb Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Cool !
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xCINNx Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Why, thank you!!! :D
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daxusx Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
cool!
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xCINNx Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
:hug:
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xCINNx Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Thanks Dax. :)
many and muchly, I assure you.
:hugs:
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Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Dear friend please don't stop...Whenever I see you submit such things I can not find a word to say to obtain how I love your style...:clap: thank you so much for sharing :D
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xCINNx Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
My friend, thank you. :)
The expression is felt, nonetheless. I type this to the amusement of the Robbie Fulks 2011 wrap up show! Good spirits. Great, in fact. I just witnessed Gerald, The Science Loving Cowboy! Youtube is good for something!!! If you get the chance, it is TOTALLY WORTH IT. [link]
This is just a segment from a great show.
"cowboy science nonsense" aside, I thank you profusely for you kindness. I enjoy living in a world that has "style". I enjoy comments like yours. I am happy that I have something good for you. I am in high spirits, and for no reason. But that is life. Thank you, my friend. Have a good laugh at this, at least, I can only hope you will. :D
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Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Always pleasre dear friend :D
Knowing that your submssions are reflecting many things. Any of us can find many way of interpretation when any of us looks at them. But I am also aware that you had many details about that object in your brain to share with us...that's my point and that's takes me into your gallery so often :nod:
thanks for sharing once again :D
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xCINNx Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
My brain is so full of strangeness. I wish i had the ability to draw it! Thank you for such kind and supportive words. I love to share with wonderful friends such as yourself. Big smiles to you from the land of too much sun.
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Sevillana Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Amazingly realistic - well done!! :D
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xCINNx Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Well, thank you, dear Sev!
Always a pleasure when I hear from you.
Thank you for the kind compliment on this. I am going somewhere with this one, but where will it be?
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Bloody-Goodbyes Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
I love his expression, as if he is in deep thought. The rugged detail is flattering to the portrait as well. :clap:
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xCINNx Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Thank you. I think that he was faking a serious thought in the source, but my thoughts stray. I find Richard a serious person. And I thank you as well for the other comment. I went "raw" with the detail. I appreciate your very well considered thoughts. It is a pleasure for me to read such thoughts. :)
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ArachnoWolf Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great drawing dude. :)
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xCINNx Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Hello!
Thank you so very much.
I know we haven't said much to each other, but I really appreciate this.
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ArachnoWolf Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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xCINNx Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
:love:
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