American Pie Illustration Break Down

With February 3rd coming and going, I again thought of American Pie...

Some themes and thoughts I had while creating the A.P. (American Pie) series:

Blank/unfinished faces: Don McLean did not come out and say directly who or what his song was about, but it has been deconstructed and analyzed by many people.  This being said, we do have a pretty good idea of who McLean could be referring to, but no one is 100% positive.  Keeping this theme, I did use images of celebrities to get familiar hair or face structures, but left the faces blank or used minimal details so it was not an exact likeness.

Lyrics: there are in fact lyrics written on every piece, however some are more visible/present than others.  The illustration is obviously the main point, but the lyrics tie all of them together in a more coherent thought.

History: I did research quite a bit, and tried to get opinions of others about the song and if it impacted their lives at all. My main focus was to include more of the actual historical events McLean was referring to.  With other pieces, I did a more literal interpretation of the lyrics.  My main source of reference was this website:
It was very useful, and if you are interested in learning more, I suggest you check it out. 

While I have "finished" the series, I will probably come back to them or redo them again.  It was a project I really wanted to do and I am glad I did it.  But I don't feel like I accomplished what I wanted to with them, even though I am decently happy with the way the first version came out.  

If you forget what the series look like (or haven't seen them yet), go to my website here.


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