Sunday, March 16, 2008

Riaad Moosa

Riaad Moosa, originally uploaded by royblumenthal.

Yup. This dude's one seriously funny bloke. He was the entertainment at the Mugg & Bean National Conference gala dinner at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West. And he was brilliant.

The speech bubble quote is a throwaway punchline for one of his gags where he pokes fun at himself for being a Muslim. (Maybe he's poking fun at non-Muslims who see any Muslim as a threat? But you knew that, right?)

I was realllllly reallllllllllllllllllly reluctant to paint him while he was doing his gig. I felt that I might be taking the spotlight off him.

The laughs were flowing thick and fast, so I tried a few exploratory strokes.

Bear in mind that the screen was off to his right, and was a HUGE screen. A good 5 metres by 4 metres. And the nose alone on this picture was bigger than his entire body on stage.

So when I started drawing, and the laughs didn't dry up, I figured it would be safe to draw him, and that I wouldn't be hurting his set.

Riaad... I sincerely hope that I didn't dilute anything for you on the night.

He asked me from the stage if I could email the pic to him. So I kinda took that as an affirmative.

Book Riaad on or +27 84 575 1538. His website is at:

This funny painting of the funny dude, Riaad Moosa, was made on my Toshiba Tecra M4 tablet pc, using ArtRage 2.5. Funnily enough.

1 comment:

  1. Riaad is an amazing artist - he performed at our end-of-year event last year and was an absolute hit.


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