One of the more "heavier" songs to come out of the Steve Miller songbook, "Space Cowboy" often gets confused with one of his most popular song, The Joker, due to the fact that the Joker lyrics reference both the terms Space Cowboy, and Gangster of Love from "Space Cowboy" in it's first two verses, four years after "Space Cowboy" was recorded.
Released on The Steve Miller Band's third album, Brave New World, in 1969, Space Cowboy borrows it's primary guitar riff from The Beatles Lady Madonna, which (according to Wikipedia), may have had something to do with Paul McCartney singing background vocals on "My Dark Hour" and "Celebration Song", two other songs on the Brave New World album.
"Space Cowboy" features a heavy bass line, and has more groove in it than the more popular Steve Miller songs, such as "Fly Like An Eagle", "The Joker" and "Rock n Me". It expresses the singer's desire to escape the elitism of society, along with the empty promises that come along with it. If you're even a casual fan of Steve Miller's music, I highly recommend giving this song a listen. If you're only familiar with his more popular hits, I think you'll be in for a very pleasant funky surprise.
Still working from my sketchbook, and glad I am. I'm finding that I'm able to sketch the rough outlines and concept quicker than working on my ipad, which disappoints a small part of me. For those who don't already know, the main reason I purchased the ipad was to be able to sketch more readily and on the go without hauling around a large sketchbook, and bundles of pencils and markers. The ipad still serves that purpose, but maybe because of the infrequency of being able to use it as much as I'd like lately, the last few sketching attempts felt clunky. I did bring the sketch into Photoshop to add the text however. I also bent the spaceships name to curve along the bottom of the bottom.
I did resist the temptation to add a small caricature of Elton John ala Rocket Man in the background, just as a pun, but thought better of it.
I hope you enjoy this.. and please... if you have a moment, feel free to leave a comment. AND.... if you'd like to suggest a song for me to illustrator, let me know. I'm not promising anything, but I'm always open to suggestions and cool ideas.
The Martytoon Newsletter
The Thoughts, Designs & Process of Marty Qatani aka MartyToons.
Hi and welcome to the first blog post / newsletter of the all new revamped MartyToons website. Where to start ? I suppose a quick intro is in order for those of you who may be unfamiliar with me and what I do. I'm a cartoonist / character designer/ humorous illustrator. That sounds like a lengthy title, but none of those by themselves seems appropriate enough by themselves to describe what I do.
If I call myself a cartoonist, people tend to think I create a comic strip.... not true. If I call myself just a character designer, it seems a little limiting to me. I like to think I do a little bit more... make people think... wake people up, help someone remember a happy thought.... maybe even put a smile on people's faces.... hopefully. Calling myself just a humorous illustrator, just doesn't seem to have any "punch", "pizzazz", "sparkle"... you get the picture. I do like the sound of "Creator of Visual Enhancements for Artistically Challenged and Cartooning Impaired." It has a pretty cool ring to me, but it's a little hard to fit on a business card and still look cool.
What can you expect here ? How's a little doodle sound ? A little peek into what goes on in my working process and maybe even in my thought process ? That's my plan... I hope you enjoy. So let me dig into my archive, maybe shed a little light on happened and then invite you to comment. Sounds good ? Good... then lets get to it.
This is an early sketch of one of my favorite designs I'm working on. It's inspired by one of my favorite music artists, Cat Stevens, who know goes by the name of Yusuf Islam https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Stevens . Check him out if you get the chance and are a fan of 70's "Soft" Rock, and especially if you're a fan of songs about being positive, hopefullness, and becoming a little wiser.
Music is playing more and more a part in my designs. I love many styles of music and I always have it playing in my studio while I'm creating. Alot of times I let the music direct what I'm going to sketch when I intentionally sit down to sketch, sometimes I'm not planning on sketching at all, but I hear a song and an image will just pop into my head, and I have to get it down on paper. I believe that's what happened here, but to be honest, I came up with this sketch several years ago, and I can't remember the exact circumstances that gave birth to this.
So there you have it. I hope you enjoy it. Got any questions ? Feel free to comment below.