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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.
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.
Captain-BlackHeart Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
xCINNx Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Indeedy!! :D
gintmfgb Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Cool !
xCINNx Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Why, thank you!!! :D
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xCINNx Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Thanks Dax. :)
many and muchly, I assure you.
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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