"Brad Lyn Lewis"
11-11-78 to 12-2-12
Pencil & Ink on Paper
During the early impressionable years of high school, where kids just bumble about experimenting with and discovering talents, interests and peer groups, both Chad and Bradley came into my life and played integral roles in the development of my personality. Brad was an artist who loved music and skating - all common grounds that gave us a reason to hang out. Gradually, a crew accumulated and we all had many good times and got into a lot of good shit together.
Unfortunately, I hadn't seen Brad for about ten years since our crew grew apart and we went our separate ways...I ended up moving from Albuquerque to Portland. I am truly heartbroken that he is no longer around. He was one of the individuals I just always assumed would be with us. I figured the least I could do to show my appreciation of his friendship was to honor his memory with a piece of art.
Thankfully, I was able to fly down home to Albuquerque and attend Brad's funeral ceremony in Rio Rancho. It was absolutely breathtaking to witness such a huge turnout of friends and family, all who showed to pay respects to this man. I started the drawing at home and carefully slipped it between the sheets of its parent tablet, ambling my way through three different airports to finally deliver it by hand to Brad's mother.
She was absolutely thrilled. I was absolutely humbled.
I thought it would be kind of nice to record the drawing process and create a time-lapsed video for Brad's friends and family to watch. Additionally, a few years ago, Bradley collaborated with Versatile Verse, an emcee from Albuquerque, for whom he sung the chorus on a song called "Every Morning." I couldn't think of a better song to score the video with. Check it all out below (preferably in HD).
Thanks for the good times, Brad. Merry Christmas.