Art for Art’s Sake: a bit of Bowie….

Published On January 13, 2013 | By Richard Bruton | Animation

In honour of Bowie returning to music and his 66th birthday, I reckoned I’d just put this Phil Noto Bowie in Man Who Fell To Earth (Thomas Jerome Newton) in this weeks art for arts sake.

Except then I found this… Sean T. Collins’ Bowie sketchbook on Flickr. Wow. Just wow. Every single time I go to a con I think to myself I should do something like this, but I never fix on one thing, never get it finalised. But… wow.

Bryan Lee O’Malley:

Adrian Tomine (and is it just me, or does anyone else see Action Man dress-up here?)

Jeff Lemire:

Mark Burrier:

Matt Kindt:


and finally… Andy Runton.

And here, not quite in his sketchbook, but from a Sean T Collins article – Jess Fink:

But if that’s not enough, Lizz Lunney has a Bowie zine for your pleasure, featuring some great artists, and available from her site:

from which – page by Timothy Winchester.

And there’s the Space Oddity picture book:

 Or even this from the FPI Blog – Tim Burton, Neil Gaiman and Bowie – art by Molly Crabapple.

Oh, and if you haven’t seen it, here’s the Bowie video for Where Are We Now. Personally I started out listening with interest, then mild disappointment, which transformed over the last few days into something akin to the feeling I got from Johnny Cash’s Hurt. I’m not quite at the point where I can’t actually listen to the Bowie song without tears, but I can see it happening sooner or later. A melancholy song of regret, of age, of ill-health worries, of time….

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Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

2 Responses to Art for Art’s Sake: a bit of Bowie….

  1. Norman says:

    and don’t forget what Joelle Jones calls her warm-up sketch!