Gone far too soon. It took me a month after his passing to feel up to drawing him. (Now I've gotta gear up for an Alan Rickman one, too...but that's another post.)
There's that post online somewhere (I forget who said it), but it really speaks to me and why I made this portrait in memory of David Bowie. The post says something about how we mourn celebrity deaths even though we never knew them - some people think it's silly of us to do that, but it's really because they helped us know ourselves. I have very few celebrity heroes. I choose the people I do because I'm drawn to what they do and how they make me realize it's okay to be who I am and it's okay for others to be who they are. Weird Al Yankovic. Iggy Pop. David Bowie was a monumental hero for me. I dedicate this portrait to his family first and foremost. I send my love to them forever. We miss him, too. He helped us know who we are in this world. I also dedicate it to my fellow Bowie fans. May we all stick together in mutual admiration of this one magnificent person.
In Blackstar, Bowie says:
"Something happened on the day he died
Spirit rose a metre and stepped aside
Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried:
'I'm a Blackstar I'm a Blackstar'"
"Somebody else took his place"... Nobody is gonna replace David Bowie, but just remember, someday you could be somebody else's Bowie. My good friend Emmaline said that to me and I haven't forgotten it. Keep at what you're passionate about and don't give up.
Prismacolor pencils, white gel pen, a few strokes of a burgundy felt tip pen, and a light coffee wash in the hair and parts of the shirt. 16 hours total time spent.
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