The latest in my series of music-themed portraits, this time featuring the incomparable David Bowie.
Unlike a lot of my musical heroes, I didn't really get into Bowie as a kid. My first exposure to his work was a racy, innendo-filled version of 'Space Oddity' as told to me by some cousins, complete with hand movements to explain each lyric. I'll leave your imagination to fill in the gaps! My next experience of Bowie was (to my 8 year-old eyes) the strange video for 'Ashes To Ashes' which at the time, along with Kate Bush (a story for another time!) left me pretty weirded out. A few years later was all of the 'Let's Dance' and 'China Girl' stuff, which were just popular radio tracks to me at the time, as I had no idea of the important work that had gone before.
A few years ago, I decided to seek out his back catalogue and immersed myslef in all of the classic material that I was clearly born too late to experience in its pomp. I'm now a complete convert, and keep plenty of Bowie on loop regularly.
Regarding the piece itself, I'm unsure as to how good a likeness it is of Bowie, but I've done the best I can with what I've got. I'll put it away for now and see how I feel about it in a few weeks' time, at which point I'll see if I need to play with it some more.
As usual, below is an image of the process of its creation as well as a few clips of some of my favourite David Bowie moments.
As always, enjoy!