"Starman waiting in the sky
He'd like to come and meet us
But he thinks he'd blow our minds…"
- David Bowie: Starman
Giclee Pigment Inks on Acid-Free Archival Matte Paper
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About This Illustration:
This digital painting of David Bowie “The Starman” was inspired by his Aladdin Sane and Ziggy Stardust characters. The songs from his album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”, were my biggest inspiration for the concept of this illustration. The most influential song for this concept was of course “Starman”. I also loved the iconic imagery from Bowie’s Aladdin Sane character, who was in a way a progression and evolution of his Ziggy Stardust character. Bowie himself said “In my mind, it was Ziggy Goes to Washington: Ziggy under the influence of America.” (source: Rolling Stone) Aladdin Sane was David Bowie’s first album after he was launched into stardom by his Ziggy Stardust persona and works, these two looks changed and revolutionized the industry and fashion as we know it. Bowie “The Starman” came to meet us and blew our minds.
I played off all of this as inspiration for this illustration. The iconic lightning bolt from Aladdin Sane, Ziggy Stardust’s evolution, and Bowie’s position as a star now. The stars in the lightning bolt are a reference to Ziggy Stardust, especially the cluster in the middle of his forehead, which is a wink back to the moon Ziggy wore on his forehead. The background is a reference to the celestial nature of Starman, and his message of hope to our planet’s youth. There is also the reference to a space invader from “Moonage Day Dream”. The lighting also speaks to his message of hope and celestial nature. The lightning bolt which is no longer just mere makeup on his face, but expanding out on either side can be seen as Bowie’s rise to fame, his and our minds expanding, and as a reference to blowing our minds. If you zoom in and look closely at Bowie’s left eye in this illustration, you will see space, stars, and parts of a galaxy in the pupil. Perhaps referencing The Starman’s view into something bigger and more vast than we understand.