Neneh Cherry

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This is another from the archive. Here we have the marvellous and so very cool Neneh Cherry. I drew her last year, partly as I wanted to try and do that amazing hair justice, but primarily because it was around the twentieth anniversary of 7 Seconds – which she sang, with the celebrated and eccentric African musician Youssou N’Dour – being in the charts.

It’s one of my absolute favourites – a challenging song brought to us by two beautiful voices. It topped the charts around Europe, but I hasten to shoot the British of 1994 a disappointed glare in reading that the song did not reach number one here, peaking at number three. I presume number one at the time was Love Is All Around by Wet Wet Wet, which genuinely stayed there for about fifteen years. Or did it just seem that long?

With all this in mind, quite why I plastered Buffalo Stance across the background when it was clearly 7 Seconds I was harking back to, I’ve no idea, but I quite like the effect of the type itself.

Did you know Neneh was inspiration for Lara Croft, heroine of the Tomb Raider series of games and films? Well, you do now!

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35 comments
  1. I LOVE your beautiful portrait of her!! It is spectacular! What medium did you use? And I did not know she was the inspiration for Lara Croft…that’s pretty cool!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks so much, Teresa! I still am pretty chuffed with this one. It was the same old me: Photoshop and graphic pen/mouse.

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      • You can get such neat effects with Photoshop! I would have guessed you used a purple colored pencils. 🙂 Just gorgeous!

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      • Jacob said:

        Nice to hear! I do like to try and maintain a traditional feel to my digital art, even if I use computers to make it. I created the brushes myself, so they’re a unique finish 🙂 Thanks again!

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  2. Tori said:

    Omg, that is fab hair! Love it 😀

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    • Jacob said:

      Isn’t it crazy – it was great fun to draw! Thanks so much, Tori!

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  3. Beautiful portrait, your amazing art, I love it. She is beautiful… ❤ Camilla

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    • Jacob said:

      Blush – thank you, Camilla, as always! Neneh is indeed a beauty, and such a cool woman!

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  4. Geke Hop-Wassink said:

    She is Fabulous, just like the song 7 seconds, you outdone yourself, I really love her drawing, you are so gifted with talent. Thank you for sharing this with us ❤

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    • Jacob said:

      She’s fantastic! Aw, well thank you, Geke, for continuing to visit – there wouldn’t be much point in me sharing these drawings without you and the rest of the community!

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      • Geke Hop-Wassink said:

        Thats true, but I can imagine it must be scary at sometimes to post the drawing, and hope people like it. I do several creative things but to post it….. no way, Im not sure enough, and seeing what you make….. fabulous, keep up the good work 😉 ❤

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      • Jacob said:

        With the community here being so friendly and encouraging, it’s actually not scary at all! I find WordPress – both posting and viewing others’ posts – a buzz if anything.

        So, what creative hobbies do you have? I’ve long been wondering if you were into art, given your frequent visits here; great to hear that you are – no obligation to share, of course, but just promise to keep at it! 😉

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      • Geke Hop-Wassink said:

        I work on glas and plates, I paint them, most of the time as a gift for a birthday, or if a baby is born, I have painted on canvas, mozail, so all different things. Last thing I did was made of MDF and made a litlle house to put glass items or other litlle things in it, you want to keep. I made a collage of all our photos starting with our wedding day and ended 9 months before my husband died, that was the hardest sthing of all to make, because of the emotional value, you can’t cut a photo wrong because there is no second. I even forced myself to watch the photos of our visit to the US, we were there a year before my love died, and I never watched the photos untill making the collage. I made it because of the 10th year after he left us and went to heaven and that was hard. So I do all kind of things, but love to read as well 😉

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      • Jacob said:

        That all sounds wonderful, Geke! What a thoughtful thing to do for your loved ones.

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      • Geke Hop-Wassink said:

        Now you make me blush 🙂 Jacob Thank you

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      • Jacob said:

        Ha – that was my intention, glad to hear it! 😉

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  5. Lee Hesketh said:

    Your drawing is wicked Jay! Hair is soooo good! Neneh is definitely the coolest, love her so much. I heard about Tomb Raider somewhere, but I would take her over Lara Croft anyday of the week.

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    • Jacob said:

      Soooo pleased you think so, Lee! Thank you kindly!

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      • Lee Hesketh said:

        You’re qwelcome – you’re too good at this stuff, any chance of a portrait of my own? 😛 Haha

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      • Jacob said:

        Ha, I think you’ve asked me this before – I’m never sure if you’re genuinely asking or not. You know my e-mail if you are being serious, mister – I’d love to do it. Don’t get a boy’s hopes up!

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  6. Herman said:

    Hi Jacob. Thank you for visiting and following HoB. Much appreciated!

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    • Jacob said:

      Pleasure. Thanks so much for the return visit!

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  7. Sharon Mann said:

    Beautiful and I love the color choice for the portrait Jacob, thank you for including the video as well.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Sharon! Yes, the colour accentuates her energy, I think. She’s one of those subjects who just can’t be left in black-and-white!

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  8. This is so fantastic!! Wonderfully done! I wasn’t familiar with here, but I love her now. You had me at Laura Croft 😊hehe

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Charlie! I’m glad to introduce her to you – she’s brill!

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  9. ged said:

    Hello, thanks very much for your likes and following my art activities on dispenza.worspress.com. Please allow me to reciprocate best compliments and wishes for the nice and interesting creations of your blog. Edoardo Dispenza

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    • Jacob said:

      It’s a pleasure – thanks once again for popping in!

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  10. laylalalas said:

    My favourite so far I think – it is breath taking!

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    • Jacob said:

      Wow – thanks again, Layla! She is pretty breathtaking, so for my art to be alike is heartening.

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  11. Nice use of tonal counterchange, Jacob, It really adds some punch.

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    • Jacob said:

      Cheers, Graham! Yes, it needed the effect and I was pleased with how suitably it came out.

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  12. Rebecca said:

    7 Seconds – a great, enduring song; and a perfect portrait of Neneh in her prime. 🙂

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks so much, Rebecca! Lots of fun had! You’re right, 7 Seconds is incredibly enduring – it’s not aged at all.

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