The Greatest


“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”
– Muhammad Ali

The other night I was tired, and I didn’t feel like sketching.  But creating good art is more about consistency and hard work, than it is about inspiration.  So I decided to sketch someone who came to mind when I thought of hard work and inspiration.

For these sketches I used only Tombow brush markers without first sketching in pencil.  This technique forces me to focus on capturing values and basic shapes, and to not worry about picking up every detail.  These sketches may not be perfect representations of Muhammad Ali, but I like how they turned out.


Here are some more Muhammad Ali quotes:

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”

“I’m the greatest, I’m a bad man, and I’m pretty!”

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

“I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be.  I’m free to be what I want.”

“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain.  It’s not something you learn in school.  But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.  Impossible is not a fact.  It’s an opinion.  Impossible is not a declaration.  It’s a dare.  Impossible is potential.  Impossible is temporary.  Impossible is nothing.”

“Don’t count the days, make the days count.”

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