This is a (somewhat abstract, but not abstract in a clever way, because I'm not clever enough for it to be in a clever way) tribute to Steve Waller, who would've been 70 today. That's him in the lower left, though at that size it could just as well be George Harrison or some unnamed dwarf. If you don't know who Steve Waller was I forgive you wholeheartedly, as I only really know him through one album: Angel Station. If you don't know the album Angel Station I forgive you very close to wholeheartedly, like a sliver of a sliver of my heart isn't forgiving you but I'm definitely not surprised. Angel Station is an album by Manfred Mann's Earth Band, and if you don't know about Manfred Mann's Earth Band I forgive you almost wholeheartedly, as they're only really known for some covers, of Bruce Springsteen songs chiefly, their main claim to fame being a cover of Blinded by the Light that you may or may not have heard, as I would say it passed out of popularity a good long while ago. Anyway, Steve Waller was the guitarist for Manfred Mann's Earth Band starting with Angel Station and ending with the album Somewhere in Afrika I believe, and that's how I came to know about him.
I felt compelled to do this, because it seems like he was a cool dude, and I felt very strongly that no-one else would think to do it, and it took this particular shape because I remembered that rocks, deserts and angels are all fun things to draw. My other ideas were more directly inspired by visuals that came from the band, while he was with them, but I found myself growing demotivated and shifted gears. What we have here, then, is among the most plain interpretations of the words "Angels at my Gate" that one could possibly conceive, barring ditching the designs I came up with for winged people in robes. The song is probably about gambling, though maybe the song is about gambling but the gambling is a clever metaphor for something else. I don't really know, but I do know the important thing: it's sick as fuck, and that a good part of that is the solo, and that the solo was mainly Steve Waller, seeing as in what live performances there are to see he's the only one I ever see using a talkbox on his instrument. Here it is:
So yeah, that's that. Hope you like it. This should be the last of these anniversary-related art projects for a while so I'll finally be able to finish that project that's been hounding my thoughts for months. Then sprite draw 2021 edition maybe? We'll see about that, might have uni stuff to worry about by then, though I fear by writing this and publishing it I may compel myself to do it regardless of my better judgement. Oh well.
Oh yeah, and here's the background:
I'll post again in some amount of time probably. If I don't it's because I decided I'd had enough.