Behind the Art: Bruce Lee - Time Lapse Speed Drawing Story

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My Thoughts

When it comes to the greatest fighters in history Bruce Lee is one of the best fighters that comes to mind. Drawing Bruce Lee was definitely a great experience. His ripped muscles were really great to translate on paper and create a lot of contrast and depth. I used dark black color for his iconic hair, warm colors such as orange, light pink, peach for his skin tones.


Background of the Inspiration

A great artist is not measured by financial success or achievements, but rather by his influence on others. Influence is unique. Great artists make people want to be artists. This notion of greatness is the motivation behind today’s speed drawing clip art, a beautiful hand drawn portrait sketch of the legendary martial artist Bruce Lee. This Bruce Lee clip art is a one of a kind piece that will leave you searching “how to draw Bruce Lee step–by step”. Lee was a successful artist both as a fighter and as an actor, but what truly made him great was his influence in revolutionizing the perception of Chinese and Eastern culture.

Bruce Jun Fan Lee (Lee Siu Loong) was born in San Francisco’s Chinatown area in 1940, but was ultimately raised in Hong Kong. Bruce began his martial arts journey at the age of 13 when he began study of wing chun gung fu under renowned master, Yip Man. Lee was also a child actor growing up appearing in over 20 films by the age of 18. Soon after, he moved to Seattle, where he concurrently taught gung fu and perused a degree in philosophy at the University of Washington. In 1966, he was appointed the role of Kato in the “Green Hornet” Television Series after being discovered at a fighting exhibition. Bruce later worked various supporting roles and also trained both himself and exclusive clients such as actor Steve McQueen in his new philosophy of martial arts called Jeet Kune Do, “The Way of the Intercepting Fist”.

Bruce Lee eventually returned to Hong Kong in the summer of 1971 and it is here where he would immortalize himself as arguably one of the most influential artists of the 20 th  century. Upon his return, Bruce starred in the leading role of 3 films; “The Big Boss”, “Fist of Fury” and “Way of the Dragon”. All 3 films were box office hits igniting a craze of Kung Fu and eastern philosophy. Lee’s 4 th  film “Enter the Dragon” would become the first martial arts film produced by a major Hollywood studio. Tragically however, Lee would die before the film’s release in 1973 at the age of 32. “Enter the Dragon” projected Bruce Lee and his philosophy to international fame essentially introducing Chinese martial arts culture to the global spotlight. Any and every kid who watched that film wanted to be a martial artist just like Bruce Lee.


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