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!
Good news everyone! I am now accepting Bitcoin payments for Illustration, Graphic Design and Creative Consultancy services.
After much research and pondering, I decided it would be a good idea to accept Bitcoin payments. Although it is used internationally, very few businesses yet accept Bitcoins and the number of creative agencies accepting payment in the crypto-currency is even smaller. Since the value of Bitcoin fluctuates regularly, it is understandable that many businesses and service providers would deem the currency too unstable and too much of a risk. I believe it has potential however and will be taking Bitcoin payments from now on.
In March I was contacted by Zyed, a DJ who will soon be releasing a mixtape. He desired an illustrated album cover for his mixtape and he had a very precise idea of what he was looking for; a portrait of himself producing graffiti on a concrete wall. He sent me a visual of what wanted and we went from there.
Because his portrait had to be realistic, we began by taking a photo of him holding an imaginary spray can, a reference I would then use to illustrate him.
The project went smoothly. What you’ll find below are the several steps of the process, from the original sketch to the final creation. A few revisions to the title of the album, the choice of typography and the beard of the client were made along the way.
I’m launching a biweekly newsletter which will feature art-related news and project updates. While the newsletter will primarily feature my artwork, new project announcements and life updates, it will also include links to interesting articles, tools and resources for artists and art appreciators.
To make things even more exciting, I’m also holding a contest: Just sign up to my mailing list for a chance to win a signed art print.
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.