If You Can’t Shoot ‘Em…Draw ‘Em!

Edward Van Halen & Randy Rhoads
July 7 & July 10, 1984
Drawn By Kevin Estrada

Not too long ago, my Mother and my Step Father were cleaning out their garage and came across a few of my things that had been buried away for years. It was like Christmas morning for me when my Mother handed me a box filled with memories from my childhood. Among the items were these two drawings that I drew when I was a teen back in 1984.

I was so into the rock and roll visuals to the point that if I wasn’t sneaking my camera into shows taking the photos, I was at home drawing the photos. I would throw myself on my bed, crank my music up and draw for hours on end. I studied rock photography like my life depended on it…my nose was always stuck in the latest issue of Cream Magazine or Circus Magazine. I knew all the names by the time I was 11 or 12 years old – Neil Zlozower, Fin Costello, Neal Preston, Mark Weiss, the list goes on and on. Those were my heroes…and they still are.

Obviously, Eddie and Randy had a huge impact on me growing up. These guitar slingers were bigger than life and I would dream of someday working with them one on one. Unfortunately, working one on one with Randy Rhoads would never happen for me…I drew this about 2 years after his death. These pictures were drawn just a few days apart…I must have been really itchy to get to another show.

These drawing mean a lot to me. When I look at them, I remember the passion and the excitement that drove me to live my dream of becoming a rock photographer…I never gave up. Yea, I know people say dreams are lame, but dreams really can come true…I am living proof. Today, I still have that same passion and excitement that I did back in the early 1980’s when I would dream about photographing my favorite band in the dressing room as they readied to hit the stage. I am blessed that my dream came true.

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2 Responses to “If You Can’t Shoot ‘Em…Draw ‘Em!”

  1. sweet drawings!! that van halen one is KILLER!!!

  2. Who ever says dreams are lame are usually too weak and cynical to have dreams of their own. I’ve said it before and I”ll repeat it; Kevin, was doing things to get into the business @ 11 years old…. 11, folks. I don’t know what you were doing as a preteen but I was still riding my bike around the neighborhood. Or hanging out at the arcade spending my allowance. Kevin was doing that too. I know, I was there. But he was also on his way to “dream acheived” by sneaking cameras into arenas to shoot rock stars . He went and MADE it happen. He still is. ROCK-ON!!! A.T.

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