Freedom is Worth Dying For

Freedom is Worth Dying For by Dominic Newsome (Black Panther)

Hello, I’m sending 3 portraits because I do not know how many to send. So you guys can decide the artwork that may have a chance. I’ve been locked away since Jan 1st, 1990 in the state of Maryland, and transferred to PA in Nov 2000 due to a riot in the MD DOC that I started in 1997. And the PA DOC held me in “the hole” or RHU from Nov 2000 till 2018. So I never had REAL art supplies to work with, only a jail-issued pencil and ink pen, so I learned how to use basic tools and combine the pencil and pen as one, and you’ll see the results. I do not have financial support because I’ve outlived just about everyone. If I win anything, it’ll go toward buying real art supplies. Enclosed is Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali), Sitting Bull, and Black Panther. I chose these “freedom fighters” because they are symbols for the belief of justice and freedom for all oppressed peoples. 

January 1990 was when my freedom was lost and I chose to become one of the most violent prisoners in the history of the state of Maryland. So due to a prison riot and convictions of trying to murder a couple of prison guards, I was sent to the PA DOC from the MD Supermax on November 2000, and only got released from the RHU from general pop around July 2019. So I control my violent urges with my artwork, the amount of detail I use in my art forces me to remain calm and complete the task at hand. I’ve lost time working on my art skills through practice, because I was so caught up trying to destroy anyone and everyone in my path. Never again. 

Medium: Jailhouse inkpen and pencil

[Image Description: This incredibly detailed pen and pencil portrait is of Chadwick Boseman dressed as T’Challa / Black Panther. A Black man stands against a blue background. He has closely-cut hair and his sculpted beard lays along the edge of his strong jawline. The furrows in his brow match the intensity of his eyes as he stares out from the portrait. He is wearing a sweater with a thick black edging around his neck that reaches down to shiny leather points, like a necklace around his chest and shoulders. His right glove is shaped into a fist against his chest and is black with a blue edging that matches the torso of his sweater. ]

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