Monday, January 11, 2016
David Bowie and Instagram
The news of David Bowie's death hit everyone this morning and I felt like I needed to do a Curls tribute illustration to honor his life. In all actually, I don't know much about Bowie. Sure, I've heard "Under Pressure" (the song resurfaced for me when My Chemical Romance covered it) and "Heroes" and even sought out to reenact the tunnel scene from The Perks of Being a Wallflower in Fort Pitt, but I never really went out of my way to get into Bowie.
Having Instagram is allowing me to showcase one panel comics and supplemental material for Curls. I may get ideas that I don't want to interrupt the storyline for or simple one panel jokes or thoughts and Instagram is a good outlet for all those reasons. The other week, I posted my first "one panel Curls" and Free Comic Book Day reposted it on Facebook -- the reception was interesting -- reaching nearly 1,000 likes, several shares, and comments.
While illustrating this David Bowie art I listened to his last album, Blackstar, released this past Friday. I think it's awesome that he planned a final album to his fans and created art up until the very end. It makes me feel how sad I will be when one of my favorite musicians dies. I have respect for David Bowie as an artist. I only wish I'd got into Bowie earlier, but better now than never.