His name is Jim.
When I first happened upon this gentlemen – I don’t even recall how it occurred – I did not know what to think. All I knew was that he was an odd sort.
That was the draw.
What I didn’t know was how perceptive this man was, even over the internet, a fact of which he recently proved to me as nonchalantly as wind rushing through an ancient forest.
I was impressed further.
Jim participated in the We Drink Because We’re Poets Championship for the Ages. My assessment of his entry had been that he reminded me of the genius in the back of the classroom beset by boredom. I had told him that I thought he could have done better. He sort of reminded me of myself, at times, and that’s not to suggest that I’m a genius. It seemed that, for Jim, this thing called poetry was easy.
Or maybe he just makes it look easy.
Come to find out he had only been writing poetry for a few months, which left me incredulous considering the stunning body of work he has built up on his blog, The RunningFather Blog.
I don’t want to focus on Jim’s poetry with this post, though. I want to focus on something even more incredible than that, something I found so mesmerizing that I decided to approach him and request his permission to write this feature. Many of you are already familiar with Jim the poet, and if you’re not, I highly recommend visiting his blog and checking out what he posts here from time to time.
What many of you may not be aware of is the fact that this man can draw.
And not just draw.
This man can draw in a style that is so frustratingly challenging that anyone who can accomplish it, to me, is a genius by default. Or at least more patient than a mountain.
For those of you who have no idea what photorealism is, allow me to put it simply: imagine a photograph. Imagine that photograph was not captured by a camera, but was drawn by someone’s hand.
With the very best of the photorealists I’ve ever seen one could hardly tell the difference.
This piece here is an image of Stevie Ray Vaughn drawn by Jim. You can see the care the man puts into every detail, from the shadows to the highlights, and in between, the midtones, very smooth transitions in detail.
This next image, though… This image just speaks to me. It could be because I’m a fan.
Suffice it to say, Jim Aldrich, the RunningSon, is an incredible artist, multitalented, thoughtful, inspirational, intelligent, and hilarious (you should see some of the comments he’s left on the blog here).
If you’re not enjoying the works of Jim Aldrich, I encourage you all to take some time and check them out. It will be worth your while.
To Jim, thank you for the opportunity to feature you today.
For anybody who wants to see more of Jim’s works, check out his DeviantArt page.
Until next time, pick your poison; preach your passion.