Lately, it has become nearly impossible to remain inside our own little bubbles. You can be transported to places you’ve never seen or heard of by just turning your TV on or logging onto social media. I wake up on a typical Monday morning, get dressed, have some coffee and turn on the news to realize that I was lucky to have a boring peaceful weekend. There are so many things happening every day around the world; innocent people dying, violations of human rights; corruption; drugs; diseases; hunger, you name it. The saddest thing is that we all know about it, we condemn and complain about it, but we don’t do anything to change it, we only rely on someone else’s good deeds.
In early May news broke of Dr. Dre’s promise to become the first billionaire of hip-hop. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and every media site was all a buzz about the history that was to be made through the likely sale of the headphone and speaker company, Beats Electronics. Owned by American record producer, rapper and entrepreneur Andre Young better known by his stage name Dr. Dre and record & film producer, best known for co-founding Interscope Records, James “Jimmy” Iovine, the sale of Beats Electronics to Apple Inc. for a whopping $3.2 billion is definitely worth talking about.
The self-taught artist, J.D. Hillberry, has been a professional artist for almost 20 years. Over this time, he has become the most respected and well known artist in his field. His charcoal and pencil drawings are praised for being life-like and his style interests viewers because it plays with their perception of reality and tells a story. His book, Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil, has sold over 50,000 copies to date and it is now considered a classic drawing instruction book that is used by student all over the world. However, although Hillberry always enjoyed art when he was younger, he never thought he was going to be an artist.
You know that dream, the one that escalates you from a life of financial nightmare and turns you into an uber successful Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl) donning Chanel and Versace on the Upper East Side of Manhattan? Well, sometimes, that actually happens.