The world lost a music legend yesterday when it was announced that David Bowie died at the age of 69 after battling cancer for over a year. It's never easy to say goodbye to someone you look up to, so rather than try to say it in words, we opted to say goodbye with the help of some of the many wonderful artists around the web.
Dolly Chops' Changes
This wonderful GIF is quite possibly the most popular image out there right now celebrating David Bowie's long and wonderful career. It was made by artist Dolly Chops to celebrate the musician's birthday just last Friday.
Mauricio Telles' McFries Creation
Artist Mauricio Telles has a whole series of artworks made from the boxes of McDonald's French fries. While I doubt Bowie was a big McDonald's fan, this strange portrait seems a delightfully perfect tribute to the singer's wonderfully odd persona.
Janey Jane's Nouveau Dedication
Art Nouveau is all the rage these days, but whether or not it's trendy right now, it's hard to argue that it seems a fitting style for artwork based on Labyrinth and that this poster art is simply fantastic.
Smooth Criminal73's Beautiful Intensity
David always managed to have a unique combination of beauty and intensity in his face -something difficult for artists to replicate well, but this pencil portrait of the rock star perfectly captures that striking look.
David Deb's Romantic Labyrinth
While rock stars pass away all the time, Bowie was more than just a musician and many people who are thirty or younger grew up watching him sing about stealing babies as the beloved, but evil Goblin King of Labyrinth. This picture by David Deb perfectly captures the beauty and glamour of the actor/musician's most famous role.
James Garner's Eye for Detail
One thing many artists get wrong while doing color portraits of Bowie is that his eyes are actually the same color, one just looks darker than the other because an eye injury he suffered at 15 left one of his pupils dilated larger than the other (something we wrote about when we did a trivia piece on Bowie back in 2009). Unfortunately, painting the eyes different colors with different pupil sizes doesn't quite create the same effect that the man's actual eyes have in photos -which is why the subtle color difference in this portrait was such a spot-on choice.
Felted Fox Shop's Bowie Mobile
It's never too early to get your child into good music and with this Ziggy Stardust mobile, you can have your little one dreaming of spacemen waiting in the sky.
Adam Blakemore's Smoking Portrait
David was a long-term smoker (which may be related to the cancer that eventually took his life), as such it seems quite fitting for a portrait of the star to be created with nothing more than layers of smoke -particularly since he's even holding a cigarette in the image.
Whisper of the Pipit's Tiny Jareth
For those people who always wish they could cuddle up with their own Goblin King even if it would cost them a baby in return, now you can snuggle with a miniature version without sacrificing any innocent lives in the process.
Art of Askers' Digital Delight
Tumblr user Art of Askers shared this beautiful digital painting in tribute of the legendary star upon hearing of his death yesterday.
Caitlyn Bannatyne's Dead Spaceman
If this tribute doesn't choke you up, nothing will.
Danielle V. Green's Catastic Brooch
ABitBosch's Smiling Sketch
This perfect capture of Bowie's maniacal smile illustrates an uncelebrated era of the musician's career -and a terrifyingly fun look of the singer.
A Large Evil Corporation's Vinyl Figures
These vinyl toy designs by A Large Evil Corporation may not ever become real, but it's hard not to love these great artistic takes on three of Bowie's most iconic looks.
Christelle Bilodou's Perfect Pencil Work
As the artist so succinctly puts it in her description of this drawing, "David Bowie... he's cool." And he will always remain that way.
Nadia Luongo's Trashy Tribute
Made from random junk, this cool artwork seems like a perfect tribute for a real Rebel Rebel.
Williams Prints' Starman Poster
Few musicians have made so many songs with so many memorable lyrics as David Bowie and this great Starman poster available on Etsy immortalizes the artist in some of his most famous lyrics.
While it's sad to consider the fact that such a brilliant artist has left the world, we can at least celebrate the long-lasting impact he has made on both the world of music and movies. David Bowie may be gone, but his contributions will not be forgotten and that's something worth smiling over.