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)
This illustration is a humble tribute to David Bowie, cosmic genius, singer, musician, visionary, inspiring character. I’m sad to see him go so early but I’m grateful for the music, videos and music he created and shared throughout his life. His latest album was especially inspiring to me, as was his appearance in the 80s cult-classic Labyrinth. Rest in peace, Mr Bowie!
Last winter a group made of four DJs contacted me and commissioned illustrations for each of their members. Kurtis, the leader of the group, told me each member wanted to be represented by a “bear” and that each bear had its own unique story. I was hooked.
Over the span of the next few weeks, we began working on the first bear. After a winter break, we completed the remaining three in early spring. If you’re curious about the creative process behind creating a mascot, you’ll enjoy what’s coming next.
Here is the creative process behind the BÆRS mascots, from the first sketches which were originally sent to my clients, to the final approved works. Note that all works were created digitally with a Wacom Intuos Pro tablet.
February has blessed me with some small but exciting creative projects. One of them was a project I call “Lion Chess”. Commissioned by Robert Chan, the simple vector illustration was to feature a kingly lion head resting on a chess piece body. Robert sent me some examples of the style he was looking for and I proceeded to draw three variations of the concept in different styles: geometric and modern versus classical.