|Starman all fitted out|
Recently I was given an exciting opportunity to collaborate with Marlow Art Guitars & West London Art Factory on a guitar. Not just any guitar but what would be a beautiful custom hand built rocking instrument made by Steve Marlow who is passionate in what he does.
I decided to go with a David Bowie inspired theme from his 70's alien invader persona Ziggy Stardust. There are a few references to his movie debut as 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' and his iconic album 'Alladin Sane' originally titled 'A Lad Insane' or 'A lad In Vein'.
"There's a Starman waiting in the sky, he'd like to come and meet us but he thinks he'd blow our minds"
I used tea for base tone and texture and a bit of acrylic paint to add spots of additional colour that I hoped would be accentuated when varnished. The end result pimped out with gold hardware really brought everything together on this.
Here's how it all went...
|Mapping out basic compositional lines|
|Tea applied to build up tone & textures|
|100% black & fruit tea: front|
|100% black & fruit tea: back|
|Adding colour details & highlights, acrylics|
|Tea staining on the Headstock|
|Finished artwork unvarnished: back|
|Finished artwork unvarnished: front|
|Complete after Steve Marlow did his magic|