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Gone Too Soon by Zephyri Gone Too Soon by Zephyri
The title says it all.

I've been a fan for over 20 years. Bad was my first ever album, and every album since then has given me great delight and excitement. At 18, I had his initials, as you see on the base of the pic, tattooed onto my body as a permanent reminder of the joy this man brought to my heart. The joy this man still does bring to my heart.

I spent a long time hunting out these images. I couldn't decide on one as a tribute, so chose these three, not for their world wide icon status, but for the three things this man was to me. He was an artist, a creator, and a genius one at that. Anyone watching him could see he was often at his pure, unbridled happiest when immersed in his music, or his dance. The smile he gave in those moment, when the weights of the world weren't on his shoulders, often brought tears to my eyes, beautiful as it was.

But he was also a haunted soul, someone who never really seemed to find his rightful place, and even surrounded by people who adored and loved him, looked lonely. His eyes always held unfathomable wells of sadness, but never failed to entrance. I can't begin to imagine the kinds of stresses he must have had to deal with, both of his own making, and through those of others, and I would defy anyone to stay what we would consider 'normal' with such a reputation to live up to.

And lastly, he was a performer, a public icon, a famous figure, and entertainer. And he was, in my opinion one of the best in the world. Thriller will never be topped, as far as I'm concerned, and it makes me very sad indeed to know we'll never get to see the final stage performance. I chose Smooth Criminal as it's my favourite video he did.

Whatever this man is or was to you, whatever you opinions on what he did or did not do, please respect the labour of love that went into painting this. This piece is my personal show of grieving, and your negativity is not wanted nor welcome. This is one artist's show of love for another who inspired her in so many ways I'd be here all day listing them out.

My heart aches to know he's gone. R.I.P. Michael, you'll be sorely missed.

All done in photoshop, painted from scratch with reference from [link]
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LillyGirl310 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I couldn't think of a better tribute to Michael Jackson and you are right he died too soon but he will live on in the hearts of his family, friends and fans no matter how old they are
RIP Micheal you will be missed
dance-on-moon Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
wow this is nice
jedibiwan Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
R.I.P mj thank u
sandra30 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
love him sweet
KimonoFlareonEXE Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such a beautiful piece of art... I loved how you captured MJ's appearance.

May his spirit rest easy.
Rest in Peace, Michael Jackson (you will surely be missed) 1958-2009 :iconcryforeverplz:
CwnAnnan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Student
amazing artwork with very beautiful details <3
Ibble Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Great work!!
MrsUknowYunho Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
Just soo amazing the effort th detail everythimg is awsesome *faves* R.I.P Michael you were and always will be an angel. <3
NeekoShite Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I fav your drawing not only for its beauty, but also for the description you wrote for it :heart:
WilliamSnape Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
Stunning! Hat off! :clap:
bottomless-music Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
you really should make a poster out of this. it's amazing
WKInc Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
love the art work.
Laura-Skeff Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
featured in my journal;take a look ;)
1brownchocolate Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Laura-Skeff Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
great,beautiful work...he looks perfect :heart:
Jisea Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010

I Love You Michael..
MerrySparrow Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful.
UsagiLadyOfMoon Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
I can say this... Ever since I was Three I have LOVED Micheal's Music. I learned how to dance to Thriller, Smooth Criminal, Wanna Be Starting Something and BAD.

The man was not a freak... He was the purest genius that I have ever seen and heard.. The world will never see of another musical genius that united everyone like he did....

I was brought to tears by this piece... You truly have captured him... You gave him the PERFECT memorial.... And I see this image and the song 'Will you be There' comes to mind....

Will You Be There lyrics

Hold Me
Like The River Jordan
And I Will Then Say To Thee
You Are My Friend

Carry Me
Like You Are My Brother
Love Me Like A Mother
Would You Be There?

Tell Me Will You Hold Me
When Wrong, Will You Scold Me
When Lost Will You Find Me?

But They Told Me
A Man Should Be Faithful
And Walk When Not Able
And Fight Till The End
But I'm Only Human

Everyone's Taking Control Of Me
Seems That The World's
Got A Role For Me
I'm So Confused
Will You Show To Me
You'll Be There For Me
And Care Enough To Bear Me

(Hold Me) show me
(Lay Your Head Lowly)
told me
(Softly Then Boldly)
(Carry Me There)
I'm Only Human

(Lead Me)
hold me
(Love Me And Feed Me)
yea yeah
(Kiss Me And Free Me)
(I Will Feel Blessed)
I'm Only Human

(Carry Me Boldly)
Carry yeah
(Lift Me Up Slowly)
(Carry Me There)
I'm Only Human

(Save Me)
save me
(Heal Me And Bathe Me)
lift me up, lift me up
(Softly You Say To Me)
(I Will Be There)
I Will Be There

(Lift Me)
i'm gonna care
(Lift Me Up Slowly)
(Carry Me Boldly)
(Show Me You Care)
Show Me You Care

(Hold Me)
(Lay Your Head Lowly)
i get lonely some times
(Softly Then Boldly)
i get lonely
(Carry Me There)
yeah yeah carry me there
yeah yeah yeah

In Our Darkest Hour
In My Deepest Despair
Will You Still Care?
Will You Be There?
In My Trials
And My Tribulations
Through Our Doubts
And Frustrations
In My Violence
In My Turbulence
Through My Fear
And My Confessions
In My Anguish And My Pain
Through My Joy And My Sorrow
In The Promise Of Another Tomorrow
I'll Never Let You Part
For You're Always In My Heart.

These lyrics show, that he may not be here in the flesh but he is here in spirit! And I thank you for making this beautiful tribute to a beautifully gifted artist!
CyrusPI Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010   Writer
There is great detail put into the three drawings. It's like I am looking at photographs of this legendary man. :wow:

I believe in his innocence and pay little heed to the tabloids and media exaggerations, so I can enjoy the sheer artistic genius of all things Michael without thinking about the nonsense they say.

Thanks for paying tribute to the King with work of such stunning quality. :clap:
DeepestShadow Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such Beautiful Work , You've caught Michael ever so well :)

animeannalord Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Student General Artist
i agree he WAS " gone too soon"
LmaoGuys Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
Such a beautiful picture. The center image from "You Are Not Alone" was just spot on for me.

When I see his face, I am reminded of what fans across the world lost. He meant alot to me as an idol.

I love your picture. I am also a heavy RuneScape player :)
gsleonard Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
thank you for deawing this. i love it it makes my heart heart though
HotPink-Fluffyness Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
Ok well i didnt mean to write two... I thought the 1st didnt show up... now this makes three.. lol
HotPink-Fluffyness Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
Ive gone through ALOT of pics of MJ here on DA, and this is by far my favorite. I absolutely love every detail... its just perfect. He is very much alive in this artwork.
HotPink-Fluffyness Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
This is amazing. Every detail... I absolutely love it. Just everything about it is perfect!!! He is very much alive in this piece of artwork.

I was a big fan before he died too, (but not so much that id get his initials as a tatt.. lolz). But I share your opinions of him, and know you must miss him deeply.
This is my most favorite MJ creation I have found on DeviantArt.
oddlylacking Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009   General Artist
I would not classify myself as a huge MJ fan, although I loved some of his music. And while your drawings here are great, that's basically what we expect of you. :) So, I just want to share that your verbal tribute is, from my relatively 'impartial' perspective, absolutely exquisite.
korn-kob Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely breath-taking. A perfect tribute.
ArisaKitsuna Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
really realistic. ^ ^
Krazy-Kiwi Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
I worshipped him. HES AWESOME!! LOVE the drawing. Really realistic.
IronLion82 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Phenominal. Point. Blank. and Period.
julsillustrated Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful work!
Is sad to see how people seem to forget all the bad things they thought about him now that is too late for him to see...

He is one of the main artistically influences in my life also...
And I'll adore his work forever, so he'll never be really gone...

I was very angry with the exploding media around his passing...
I still am a bit, and I even didn't want to listen to his music for a while... I felt sad and angered... but this work and your comment
made me realize how much he was really loved by people like you and me and couple of hundred millions too :P
not only because he died...

Thank you for that :)
albertxlailaxx Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
RIP MJ :( luv ur avatar
vanillaeve Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
I just love this!! I love MJ too. Beautiful work.

RunsWithTheWind Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Professional Photographer
Awesome! I cried my ass off when he died :cry:
I've been a fan since I was 3 years old!
RIP Michael :love:
Hamelela Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!! (I usually don't leave comments like this, but I had to.) It's simply gorgeous.
Squijim85 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
Wow, this is just.... I really have no words. You've captured the man he truly was, and that's what he was... a man, a human being with feelings. Yes he was an iconic figure to the world, but so many people seemed to have forgotten that he was only human, his "strangness" was in my opinion no stranger than any one of us have been at times. It's been nearly a month now and I am STILL in complete shock... waiting to wake up and find it just a dream. I, like you and MANY others grew up with his music... I loved it all. (My personal favorite is "Man In The Mirror" ) I'm also saddened that people didn't seem to realize the true gift he gave us until he was gone, and that his final bow on the stage will never be seen.

Despite all the tabloids and news stories (which I think were all B.S. BTW) he was a storyteller, a teacher, a shining example, a kind and forgiving soul, a loving father, and a world class entertainer. No one will EVER be his equal.

Rest in peace Michael, at least now you'll finally have it.
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Seeing this on my shoutboard made me realize how haunting it was that Usher sang "Gone too Soon" at MJ's memorial service. It was a lovely service...poor Usher got the most emotional song I think.
Netjeret Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
Hey, I featured this artwork here ..::Farewell to the King of Pop::..and linked it back to you :hug:
Thanks ^^
Prima-Donna Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Professional
Ah, yes! He did have one of the most beautiful smiles I have ever seen! Those are my favourite images of him--smiling. Plus a few other iconic ones, but mostly just any time that he smiled. I envy the people who could make him smile.

Netjeret Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
Wow...just wow... Such a beautiful work :jawdrop: Instant fave, can't take my eyes off it...

Hope Mike has found his Peace now :sadangel:
SheenaThunderchild Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
my sister gave me a tape of his after my father passed away when i was six. the first time i looked at his face i knew who he was -- sad. i recognised that intense look; knew it. i'm not trying to say that he couldn't be happy. i'm saying that i recognised his underlying, present, sadness.

i was a child and i loved him instantly... and always will. he was the most beautiful human being in many ways; i like your expression and observation of it.
WesleyDA Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
RIP Michael!
PearlyPony Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009   General Artist
The painting of him on the left really captures me, it's so beautiful, that smile.
crimson-whitefang Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Student Artist
Since I heard about his passing, this is the first artistic tribute to him that I have seen. It is indeed a beautiful piece and I'm glad to see someone was able to do something like this. I myself have been a fan since I can remember. Moonwalker was one of my most favorite videos when I was a kid I used to watch it over and over. I just saw his memorial service on myspace and is one of the biggest I have ever seen for anyone. It seems so wrong to hear that he's no longer here.

As any other fan has said; RIP Michael, you will most definitely be missed. :blackrose:
SEnigmaticX Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh geez, I'm already getting all emotional looking at this. I still have a hard time letting go of that emotional memorial service. And what a fine, exquisite tribute to the greatest human being I have ever witnessed - inside and out. On stage and off.
Michael I'm sure would be in awe of this art. You have much talent.

And Dangerous is the greatest album ever recorded. Smooth Criminal is the greatest song and video. The man was a genius, simple as that. May he finally rest and be free of the pain he has endured on this planet.
kizgoth Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Rest in peace MJ :(
Shinyredthings Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
This is absolutely amazing :)
I can't seem to find the right words to express how beautiful I find this. And I agree with everything you said about Michael.
He was such a beautiful person, I really hope he is at peace now :heart:
fogimages Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
This is so so so beautiful.Good job on this tribute.You did such an amazing job.I too am a HUGE fan.Thriller being my all time fav vid and song of his and smooth criminal being #2 on my list.Thriller was my 1st mj album..followed by a few others.I was soo saddened when I found out he died..I had forgotten what he ment to me.He was always my inspiration as a child to follow my art..what I love and I use to LOVE seeing his smile.I would stop dead in my tracks if MJ was on tv...I too was looking forward to his last concert...He was always on my concert must see sad..but wow is this a gorgeous tribute!
Richey-James Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
This is so beautiful. Your style is really great!

My favorite is the left hand portrait. You captured his smile so wonderfully, and the coloring is lovely. It really makes me so happy.

Very, very well done.

RIP Michael
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