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Bruce Lee is The Big Boss by TixieLix Bruce Lee is The Big Boss by TixieLix
What started out as a Fei Long piece ended up just being a Bruce Lee fan art. I used so many references to get this pic to work as much as possible - in particular his face, coz in the end whether it's Fei Long, Marshall Law or what have you, they are essentially tributes to Bruce so I really tried to get that looking right. I've kept his fringe distinctly that of Fei's though...

The idea behind the whole setting and context was partially inspired by some great streetscape art of Hong Kong done by one of my work colleagues and also talking to my mum with her reminiscing about the same place she remembers growing up in. It was crowded, dirty, and noisy but it was also buzzing with energy and optimism. I wanted to capture that with this Bruce pic, because it was essentially that decision he made to move back to Hong Kong that really got his movie stardom going and I think he must've felt that same sense of energy and optimism when he returned there.

Trivia: "The Big Boss" is Bruce Lee's first major film. Also I chose to draw him in this outfit because Bruce was quite a snappy dresser and it was one of the suits he wore in my reference pics, hence it being the basis for one of Fei Long's alt costumes in SFIV ;D
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:iconelectricsmile:
wow this is gorgeous! it's a very nice scene, very bright, upbeat, but feels almost purposeful as well. the plane is a very nice touch.
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TixieLix Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!  Glad you like this too ^^
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elihaun Jan 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome Picture!  You really captured Bruce Lee :)

When I first saw the title, I thought it was a MGS reference
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TixieLix Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much!  Glad to hear it :D
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:iconparamount99:
Don't think - feeeeeel... It is like a finger pointing away to the moon...!!! Took me years to understand that fully...
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TixieLix Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha yeah I love Bruce Lee quotes :D  He's actually quite learned and taught philosophy in an American college prior to becoming a super star ;)
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Great Cha-Cha dancer also, amongst other things. I studied he's own style (the style that was no style) of Jeet Kune Do, way back in the 70s, and the philosophy of life and being alone that that taught me has remained with me to this day. I apply this 'way' to almost everything I do... Long live the king of everything, but nothing...!!!

Just be yourself, my friend: be like water...
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TixieLix Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well said :iconclapplz:
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raging-akujiki Dec 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Short story for you:

I was having an argument with my girlfriend over how much of a distaste I have for Lady Gaga, and proceeded to tell her that Kermit the Frog is, by far, way more popular.  And on my cluttered desktop is the exact photo ref of this Bruce Lee painting!  I showed it to her and she didn't know who it was...  For shame.

Hah, I've been wanting to do a quick sketch of this shot for a long time.  You've beaten me to it and have done an handsome job.  Nice work.
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TixieLix Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
waaaaaat???? She doesn't know who Bruce Lee was :-O

Well thank you and glad you like it :D
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