Yes, this might look strange but don't worry: Anyone who's a fan of either one of those men or both knows what this acrylic painting is about.
It is a little tribute to Achim Mentzel, the guy on the left. He was a popular musician in Germany (especially East Germany) and a TV personality. You can even read about him in an English wikipedia entry: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achim_Me…
He and German comedian Oliver Kalkofe (whom I am a fan of) began to prank each other on TV in the 1990s. First Kalkofe was spoofing Mentzel in his show "Kalkofes Mattscheibe" (that mucks and criticizes German television in general), then Mentzel answered by mucking Kalkofe in his music show (the heart-shaped shield in my painting is a reference to this scene which you can watch here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAbjbF…
). Then both began a friendship and Mentzel would be a favourite "victim" and sometimes even guest in Kalkofe's show.
Achim Mentzel suddenly died on January 4th aged 69 which was a shock for family, friends and fans.
I am not a fan of Mentzel, however since I know him through Oliver Kalkofe I've at least found him very likeable. He seemed to have a good sense of humour. So I can guess that he's very very missed.
So why did I paint this? I don't know, I didn't even have too much time or something (more like the opposite). But I felt this wouldn't be such a bad idea (like I felt when internet reviewer Justin "JewWario" Carmical suddenly died and I made a small tribute painting about him, too). But I gotta admit that I need more practice on acrylic portraits (or portraits in general) again.
Painted with acrylics.