Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter and lead vocalist of Queen with a four-octave vocal range. He studied art at Isleworth Polytechnic and graphic art and design at Ealing Art College and used these skills to design heraldic arms for Queen, based on the band’s star signs. The coat of arms features Freddy’s favourite colour – yellow – and red. He regularly wore yellow military jackets on stage.
In heraldic terms yellow stands for honour and loyalty (which I use here to signify Mercury’s relationship with his fans) and red (which he wears) for courage. To these I add purple, meaning regal - a nod to the band’s name.
My digital painting is inspired by a photo by rock photographer Solomon N'Jie.
Sol says, “Freddie Mercury was renowned throughout his career for live performances, delivered with a distinct theatrical style, that always generated crowd participation. This picture captures Freddie, the man who could dominate any stage and hold an audience in the palm of his hand while clasping a broken microphone stand.”
Digital painting on Canon Pro Luster Photo paper. Framed.
Size of image: 30.48 x 30.48 x 1.5cm (12 x 12 inches).
Size of frame: 33.5 x 33.5 x 1.5cm (13 x 13 inches).
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