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Phew. I'd forgotten what a fight Illustrator can be. :XD:

But... after a long week of re-discovered frustration, it's done! A portrait of a man who has been the object of my desire since I was three years old... David Bowie! I decided this had to be called "Modern Love," first because I adore the song by him, second because... despite how happy and bouncy the actual song is, the mood of this piece more reflects my own thoughts on love. Take that for what you will.

I tried hard to keep it mostly blue but adding in pink and reds to keep it interesting. Lots of purple sneaked in there, too. I really enjoyed doing the face, the sleeves were a pain in the butt. I really really like his lips, too. Took out the cig from the reference picture, not because of any political statement, but because I couldn't make it look right.

52 layers in Adobe Illustator, minor tweeks and cropping in Photoshop.
I hope to have a copy of this signed by Mr Bowie soon. :excited:

Edited the image a little to make it look a lil better composition wise, and to clean up some edges for print.

Reference picture: [link] Uber WIP: [link]
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J-Mobius Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
awesome! (I play bass in a Bowie tribute band btw) he has a new CD out too! woot!
SapphireEyes Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
This is a heart-meltingly pretty picture! 3 cheers for Pierrot!Bowie!
girl-skeleton Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
OMG this is perfect!! You made the picture better than the original!! I like this alot!
I love the way you combined the blue tones with the pinks an purples on the sleeves.
This is really surprising, wonderful job!
dauntdebriss Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
omggggg im so right there with you i FRICKEN LOVE BOWIE!!!!! i even share the same bday as him ^_^
3? was it the Labyrinth that got you? omg i TOOOOTALLLY FUKING LOVE THIS
catemate Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
love it :aww:
Garv101 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
What a great likeness - I had no doubt this was Bowie at a glance.

Oddly enough, just this week I played my Changes CD for the first time in years. Until then it hadn't struck me what a major transformation he'd gone through from the Ziggy days to the pop star I remember ('85 to present). I'll always remember him in a business suite.

Good choice leaving the smoke out. Your WIP reinforces why Illustrator is so intimidating :D That is some intense work!
CarrotxStuffing Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:O *le GASP
He's beautiful! Such stunning colours! The emphasis you put on his bottom lip just makes me wanna-
Yeah, I won't finish that :D
He also kind of looks like he belongs in a cricus...but that's our Bowie :)
Wonderful work!
Raventhird Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Professional Photographer
Great one... :music:
AoAClub Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
Hello :D
Just because you are great, and we want to show our appreciation to our admin here on DA, this has been added in our section of art that admin have just submitted.
You can find it in this news article

Thank you for everthing you do in DA
Hope to see you at *AoAClub

`Tepara @*AoAClub
Mad-Eyes Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
Very nice! I personally feel the same way about the song, actually.
w1zzy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Welcome here. I just love this work, you've done here, so I've decided to feature it in my newest and also first news. You could go and check it out right here - [link] . And please check some other works I've submitted there - they're awesome!!! Keep your great work up!

greetings, Oscar Pilch [link] :tux:
pinguino Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
WOW. this is like, the best thing ive ever seen you draw! awesome work =)
FluffyScootabunny Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredibly lovely, damphyr! The soft colours and all that blue. It works beautifully together. A definite :+favlove:

Also I hope that gets signed by him for you as well :heart:
welfareleech Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008
What a nice piece yes, i like the shadowing. 52 layers too? Wow.

It reminds me of Marilyn Manson.
damphyr Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008
Yaaay I was wondering if anyone would pick up on the similarities! :boogie: I've always found Mr Bowie and Mr Manson to be very much alike... just one more extreme than the other. I think it really came through in this image. :XD:
welfareleech Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008
It sure did. :nod:
rezbnik Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
nice... :clap:
xailachan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
He looks hotter without the cig and those lips look so kissable... I envy this beautimous piece of deliciousness.
buffaluffalo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent work! I love the color palette, just the right mix of blues and reds. The lips, oh the lips :heart:
Raven207b Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous!!! It was definitely worth the hard work!
fourteenthstar Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
gets me to the church on time :sing:
jarod1872 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
Great job. Man, I think you just pwned Illustrator. :p Seriously though, beautiful work, it's amazing to me how much time you must have spent on this.
livedead Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
Nice work. Its funny, as soon as I saw your picture and read the name I immediately knew it was Bowie. Id say that it shows my age but hell, every generation can know of him and should even.
I really like your choice of colors.
KelseyTroberg Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008  Professional Photographer
Hot stuff. :D He's so shiny!!
hokuto Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
MMMMMMMF that looks amazing. ;o; What gorgeous clean colors... GOOD LUCK GETTING IT SIGNED. :heart:

P. S. I can't click the clicky box to make a watermark on stuff. D: Um. HOW CAN I DO SO.
damphyr Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
I thiiiink it has to do with making it 900 pixels or smaller. If you select that you get the option to clickie the watermark. I also think there either is or is going to soon not be the option to dA watermark fanarts... technical legal mumbo jumbo stuffs there.

Thanks muchly. :heart:
hokuto Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
... that would explain it. XD *has ginormous non-shrunk arts*

But of course! :heart:
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