For some time I’ve had the general idea of creating a few poster designs featuring some of the great singers and bands I enjoy listening to, and who I have respect and admiration for as musicians and performers. My desire is to experiment with various illustration techniques and styles, looking to find a presentation concept that matches my own visual representation of the music genre and style for each artist. I’ve decided to collectively title them as ‘Rock Legends’ and have worked out a shortlist for a few initial designs, so will continue posting new pieces as they are completed.
First up is a true popular music icon. David Bowie has had a remarkable career, during which he has taken on various stage persona, easily transitioned with much success from one musical style to another, and produced some of the greatest pop and rock albums of all-time. His Ziggy Stardust character is a memorable highlight amongst all the different personalities he fashioned during his career, and his 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is regarded as a classic.
I’ve presented Bowie as Ziggy, and in attempting to capture his combination of glam rock and otherworldly origins, have settled on an isometric grid design, representing Bowie as a multifaceted performer assembled from many colourful pieces to produce an intricate and intriguing finished product. The orange disc and expanding rings suggest both the planet Mars and a vinyl record, placed within the arc of my DB ribbon design.
The face and BOWIE type were not particularly difficult to create, but did take considerable hours to fully piece together as I wanted. Small detail areas such as the eyes were the trickiest to complete when working with this grid design structure – most notably I was very keen to ensure that Bowie’s dilated pupil in his left eye was faithfully captured.
The Bowie legacy is immense. His body of work will continue to influence artists for many generations, and his transformations and musical adaptability are almost unmatched by any other popular performer, past or present.