So I started with a reverse drawing, white on black paper. But I quickly decided I should add more color to it, and so I ended up using my dads color pencil set that I bought him and adding about 15 different colors to the picture.
What resulted was a ton of different layering and a type of color explosion that made up the portrait.
After resulting color scheme was actually less Basquiat and more of my own personal color style (also a lot of Alexander Girard like colors) I'm actually really happy that it turned out that way though because I didn't want this to be a Basquait rip off but more of an ode, or a personal letter. After I finished the portrait I moved onto the rest of the drawing, I tried to mimic sections of Basquait's own paintings rather that trying to draw Basquiat inspired images. I just thought it was more recognizable that way. I had to include words since they often appear in his art.