The Only Card I Need

– Tribute To Motörhead’s Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister –
finished illustration

Lemmy vuz here…
My latest artwork is a tribute to Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister.
A lot has been said about Lemmy. The iconic Motörhead frontman was a more complex character, than one would say. According to Ozzy Osbourne, who knew him from his early days, the gravelly voiced hell raiser bassist was also a well-read persona with detailed knowledge in history. I draw my first picture of Lemmy, wearing dark glasses when I was twelve. Since then, I was listening to Motörhead, but only recently I really discovered  some new qualities hidden in their music. As I’m getting older, some of their songs have a new, deeper meaning. I believe, this music (someone would call it proto-trash) is basically a fast rock and roll with roots deep in the blues. A very raw, no compromise and honest with no unnnecessary fillers. On the other side, I have discovered a lot of almost Beatles like melodies hidden behind the wall of sound created with heavily distorted guitars.
My aim was to catch the quintessence of the man as I remember him from eighties videoclips with additional elements from older days. Some sort of a mixture, if I could call it so. Not a real “historically accurate” portrait, however with an extremely high level of details. The “workplace still-life image” is of course a bit of a “fake”. The base linework work was drawn digitally too. The whole size of the image -when printed in full resolution – is quite large, almost 850 x 1200 milimeters. This picture is my most detailed artwork so far.

available here…

Ace Of Spades

If you like to gamble, I tell you I’m your man,
You win some, lose some, it’s all the same to me,
The pleasure is to play, makes no difference what you say,
I don’t share your greed, the only card I need is
The Ace Of Spades

Writer(s): Philip John Taylor, Edward Alan Clarke, Ian Kilmister