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A Graphic Designer Is Creating A Poster For All 350+ Songs David Bowie Released

As the world said goodbye to Bowie, Maia Valenzeula decided to get each of his songs stuck in her head.

  • <p>"Clutches of sad remains..."</p>
  • <p>"FASHION! Turn to the left FASHION! Turn to the right..Oooh, fashion!<br />
We are the goon squad and we’re coming to town…Beep-beep, BEEP BEEP!"</p>
  • <p>"Walk out of her heart, walk out of her mind, oh not her…She’s so swishy in her satin and tat…In her frock coat and bipperty-bopperty hat..Oh God, I could do better than that!"</p>
  • <p>"There’s such a sad love/Deep in your eyes./A kind of pale jewel/Open and closed/Within your eyes./I’ll place the sky<br />
Within your eyes."</p>
  • <p>"There’s a starman waiting in the sky..."</p>
  • <p>"Let’s sway..."</p>
  • <p>"Walls have got you cornered..."</p>
  • <p>"His nebulous body swayed above…His tongue swollen with devil’s love<br />
The snake and I, a venom high…I said “Do it again, do it again”…Breathe, breathe, breathe deeply…And I was seething, breathing deeply…Spitting sentry, horned and tailed…Waiting for you"</p>
  • <p>"Ha ha ha, hee hee hee/'I’m a laughing gnome and you don’t catch me'<br />
Ha ha ha, hee hee hee/'I’m a laughing gnome and you can’t catch me' <br />
Said the laughing gnome/Well I gave him roasted toadstools and a glass of dandelion wine/Then I put him on a train to eastbourne/Carried his bag and gave him a fag | (haven’t you got a light boy? )/'Here, where do you come from?'/gnome-man’s land, hahihihi"</p>
  • <p>"Ziggy really sang…Screwed-up eyes and screwed-down hairdo…Like some cat from Japan…"</p>
  • <p>"Oh you Pretty Things..."</p>
  • <p>"Fame, it’s not your brain, it’s just the flame…..That burns your change…. to keep you insane..."</p>
  • <p>"Love me, love me, love me, say you do..."</p>
  • <p>"I’M AN ALLIGATOR…  I’M A MAMA PAPA COMING FOR YOU..."</p>
  • 01 /14 | ALADDIN SANE: Album: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,1973

    "Clutches of sad remains..."

  • 02 /14 | FASHION - Album: Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), 1980

    "FASHION! Turn to the left FASHION! Turn to the right..Oooh, fashion!
    We are the goon squad and we’re coming to town…Beep-beep, BEEP BEEP!"

  • 03 /14 | QUEEN BITCH - Album: Hunky Dory, 1971

    "Walk out of her heart, walk out of her mind, oh not her…She’s so swishy in her satin and tat…In her frock coat and bipperty-bopperty hat..Oh God, I could do better than that!"

  • 04 /14 | AS THE WORLD FALLS DOWN - Labyrinth Movie Soundtrack - 1986

    "There’s such a sad love/Deep in your eyes./A kind of pale jewel/Open and closed/Within your eyes./I’ll place the sky
    Within your eyes."

  • 05 /14 | STARMAN - Album: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - 1972

    "There’s a starman waiting in the sky..."

  • 06 /14 | LET’S DANCE - Album: Let’s Dance - 1983

    "Let’s sway..."

  • 07 /14 | YOU FEEL SO LONELY YOU COULD DIE: Album: The Next Day - 2013

    "Walls have got you cornered..."

  • 08 /14 | WIDTH OF A CIRCLE - Album: The Man Who Sold the World, 1970

    "His nebulous body swayed above…His tongue swollen with devil’s love
    The snake and I, a venom high…I said “Do it again, do it again”…Breathe, breathe, breathe deeply…And I was seething, breathing deeply…Spitting sentry, horned and tailed…Waiting for you"

  • 09 /14 | THE LAUGHING GNOME - Album: The Gospel According to Tony Day - 1967

    "Ha ha ha, hee hee hee/'I’m a laughing gnome and you don’t catch me'
    Ha ha ha, hee hee hee/'I’m a laughing gnome and you can’t catch me'
    Said the laughing gnome/Well I gave him roasted toadstools and a glass of dandelion wine/Then I put him on a train to eastbourne/Carried his bag and gave him a fag | (haven’t you got a light boy? )/'Here, where do you come from?'/gnome-man’s land, hahihihi"

  • 10 /14 | ZIGGY STARDUST: Album - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 1972

    "Ziggy really sang…Screwed-up eyes and screwed-down hairdo…Like some cat from Japan…"

  • 11 /14 | OH YOU PRETTY THINGS: Album: Hunky Dory, 1971

    "Oh you Pretty Things..."

  • 12 /14 | FAME- Album: Young Americans, 1975

    "Fame, it’s not your brain, it’s just the flame…..That burns your change…. to keep you insane..."

  • 13 /14 | WILD IS THE WIND - Album: Station to Station, 1976

    "Love me, love me, love me, say you do..."

  • 14 /14 | MOONAGE DAYDREAM - Album: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 1972

    "I’M AN ALLIGATOR… I’M A MAMA PAPA COMING FOR YOU..."

David Bowie's catalog spans 27 albums over six decades. Best guesses on how many total songs that discography encompasses comes in around 350—which is a heck of a legacy for anybody to leave behind. (That's not including the rumored posthumous releases, which may include still more new songs.) That includes classic albums like Scary Monsters, Space Oddity, and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, as well as, er, less iconic releases like Earthling and Hours.... But if you want to get to know each of those songs better, you could do worse than listening to each of them for hours on end and then creating a poster that captures the images that came to you.

That's what graphic designer/illustrator (and Bowie fan, naturally) Maia Valenzeula has been doing since January 20. A little over a week after Bowie's death, she launched her Tumblr, Bowie Is Bowie, to share the posters she's in the process of making for every single Bowie song.

"I've always admired him, and when I heard of his death, I was really sad. He's such an icon for our generation, and so creative in his musical endeavors and in terms of reinventing himself," Valenzuela says of the project's origins. So far, she's 24 posters deep—with a collection that spans hits like "Fame" and "Space Oddity" as well as deep cuts like "Lazarus" from this year's Blackstar and "As The World Falls Down" from the Labyrinth soundtrack.

Valenzuela creates each of the posters digitally (though she says she might switch that up in the future and explore pen-and-ink), in a style she says is inspired by '70s psychedelia and Russian propaganda posters. Then it's a matter of getting the song stuck in her head, as she determines what to illustrate.

"It really starts off with the lyrics," she says. "I take a bit of the song, listen to the song, and then everything is a cerebral process—what colors inspire me, what sort of visuals I need—and then, of course, putting it all together. That takes about one to three hours a poster. Sometimes I really get into it and make up to three posters a day, but other days I only do one."

Valenzuela may not have been a Bowie superfan at the beginning ("there are a lot of songs that I'm not that familiar with," she admits), but the project is deepening her appreciation for him—and hopes that it gives his fans something to look forward to, too. "I get a deeper connection every time I create a design for a poster," she says. "Maybe on some level I'm keeping Bowie alive through my artwork, or maybe I'm in a denial of sorts—who knows? But for now, it's really fun to just create something out of his music."

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