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Michael Jackson's Billie Jean by VLAC Michael Jackson's Billie Jean by VLAC
I was able to do this drawing as a school project. It's my first "artsy" piece with wild colors and brush strokes. I used crazy looking Photoshop brushes I've downloaded, which is a change for me since I'm addicted to airbrush (which I still used to paint MJ).

For the pose, I used his 1995 MTV Award performance (found on Youtube) and paused it when he flips back his jacket during the Billie Jean number.

To be honest, I had forgotten what an amazing performer he was and since his passing, I'm literally rediscovering him.

Michael Jackson was a huge part of my childhood. I remember dancing with two of my friends to Beat It and Bad on a driveway, at night. We would take turn dancing in the middle and being Michael and we would imagine wearing the "Thriller jacket". We had so much fun!

This drawing is an hommage to the man and the artist who has brought me so much joy throughout the years. Thank you for the music and the dancing, thank you for the memories...

For a close-up view : [link]

For a 1440 x 900 wallpaper version : Michael Jackson's Billie Jean wallpaper : [link]

Catching MJ's Fedora : [link]

Catching the Fedora wallpaper : [link]

Link to "Moonwalk Through Art", an artbook devoted to Michael Jackson, by Anne Peters : [link]
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jooonbg Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Look at all the compliments on your amazing artwork on our event page for the Michael Jackson Tribute flash mob already. It has just been up for an hour! Thank you again for sharing your art with all of us that <3 MJ. www.facebook.com/events/159554… <3
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jooonbg Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
You are an amazing artist. We are doing a Michael Jackson Tribute Flash Mob June 22 2014 in LA and I would like the honor of using this picture for the event page art, crediting you and directing all to your art page of course. Thank you for creating magic.
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Ruusa313 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
I love this!♥
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:iconjapantahama:
JapanTahama Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I love it!
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:iconpoppy-bros:
Poppy-Bros Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
epic mj
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:icondance-on-moon:
dance-on-moon Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
good drawin g
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:iconphoenixtsubasa:
Phoenixtsubasa Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome
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:iconstarcru:
starcru Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
love the color.
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:iconmskm2001:
MSKM2001 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
totally cool
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:icondivinemaniac:
divinemaniac Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job man! :D
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:iconj-corrigan-93:
J-Corrigan-93 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
will you check my art out ;)
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:iconj-corrigan-93:
J-Corrigan-93 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is amazing, well done. Keep it up :)
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YoDogs102 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
This is SO great :D I like the 'crazy" brush strokes. It like adds to it somehow...I also just love the Michael shadow in the background and how the fedora almost looks like its sticking out of fog or something. It looks really cool :D
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LilMizDiva Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!
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:iconx-jubilance-x:
x-Jubilance-x Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
I wish Michael Jackson were alive! He was the king of pop, a rolemodel with real music!
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:iconguitarsfan:
guitarsfan Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
We miss you michael!
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:iconpenciltears:
PencilTears Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!
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:icontatunine:
tatunine Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
That would make a cool tattoo.
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:iconmuggilin:
Muggilin Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Awesome ;D! Like a whole Michael Jackson wave
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:iconvlac:
VLAC Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Thanks very much!
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:iconmoonglove:
Moonglove Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the colors look amazing in the background. I love colors. I like how you made MJ lift his jacket up. really cool
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:iconvlac:
VLAC Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Thanks :D
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:iconmoonglove:
Moonglove Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome
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iMoonwalk4MJ Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student Writer
Great Job, I especially like the backround.
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:iconvlac:
VLAC Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Thanks very much :D
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:iconamelia65:
amelia65 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
it is very loveily panting you must be a master of art i have never seen anyone dpant or even dawr like that
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:iconconnie519:
connie519 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student Photographer
wow
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TheEmperrialFlowers Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
incredible
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UltraMovieFan01 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Vlac, my name's Pablo and just like you, I was inspired by the King Of Pop himself and this picture showed the beauty of Michael and his ability to move into the song like the master he was. I loved the pose and jsut saw the MTV 1995 Billie Jean performance(again c:), I was wondering, can I use this pose like how you did in a similar style, excpet of course, not a total copy, but in my style. I would love to use the pose and version of Michael for my next MJ tribute, with your permission, may I use this picture as my base and work on something different from it
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VLAC Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
Hi, I don't mind if you use the pose, of course. It's a MJ dance move, I didn't invent it :) However, please do not use the background (abstract brush strokes and face in silhouette) because that's what makes this painting an original piece. Thank you for asking. I appreciate it. And good luck on your project.
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UltraMovieFan01 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, don't worry, I'm not gonna copy it, my idea was to have it in the pose in a spotlight, but have those glowing brushes go around his legs, up his body and flow out as the music frees Michael from our reality.
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xXMJ-RULZXx Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
you did an awesome job
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IceShardsYakimono Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Student
Nice job ^-^ :clap:
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OfficialAEazzy Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
woow ths is amazing, would u mind if i used this and recreate it?
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YippieYaYeeh Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sigh, wish he didnt died...
Friggin doctor :shakefist:

I love it :love:
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EletricEo Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Woah!
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Black-Platinum Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
:heart:
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Ggeenss Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Student Interface Designer
you should submit it to the contest of MJ its freakin amazing :iconhrtplz:
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BrawlMSTR Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Michael Jackson is the best!
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Lindethiel Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks fantastic! I love the abstract brushes (same as the last piece, lol,) I'm looking forward to seeing you try and paint MJ without the airbrush, try using a harder edge, you'll get a lovely painterly feel and will be able to get a lot more clearer and more defined in the tight spaces, like cloth details and face details, I'd also try and pull a little more pink into MJ's skin tone, and/or lay off the yellow a little bit, do a few rough speedpaintings to experiment, but other than that you're well on you're way to becoming a fantastic painter!
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writingpoetryforlife Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
LOVE :D
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qukai415 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
A. MAZ. ING!!!!
YOU SIR. ARE A GENIUS!!!
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iBlueLight Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
I love it :D
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:iconvlac:
VLAC Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Thanks :)
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WhozBad1987 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
I checked out the Moonwalk Through Art book and previewed it--I WANT IT NOW!!! It's SOOO cool!! I see some pics that were drawn by people on DeviantART, too. Niiiiicee
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Martaddios Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
wowow!
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:iconcezleo:
CezLeo Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
I love it! Great art for sure. Yes, He was an awesome performer.:faint:
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Blooberi800 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Billie Jean!! Billie Jean!! Billie Jean!! Billie Jean!! Billie Jean!! Billie Jean!! Billie Jean!! Billie Jean!! Billie Jean!! Billie Jean!! Billie Jean!! Billie Jean!!

EPIC LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!! Extraordinary coloring!!
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loveyoumoremj Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
hey I love your work, added to my gallery [link] hope it's ok. Cheers., :)
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:iconvlac:
VLAC Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
Thanks, and yes, it's okay. I appreciate you asking for my permission. Nice website btw. Love that "Beat It" remix!
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