18 Illustrators Pay Tribute to David Bowie's Immortal Artistry

The world is in stunned mourning of the loss of iconic musician and artist David Bowie, who passed away late Sunday, January 10, 2016, reportedly after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.

On social media, fans and fellow musicians turned to art to pay tribute to Bowie. Far and away, the most-shared image is a GIF by British illustrator Helen Green — an animated compilation of her 27 portraits of Bowie's most beloved personas and incarnations. The recurring theme in all written tributes to Bowie is the loss of his incredible weirdness — and the responsibility of the creative community to carry on his legacy of eccentricity, genre-bending, and experimentation. In the words of The New York Times writer Jon Pareles: "Mr. Bowie's costumes and imagery traversed styles, eras, and continents, from German Expressionism to commedia dell'arte to Japenese kimonos to space suits. He set an example, and a challenge, for every arena spectacle in his wake." More succinctly, Hilton Als writes in The New Yorker: "[Bowie] always got to the unknown first."

In a 2002 interview with The New York Daily News, Bowie balked at being called an intellectual. "It's not a term I apply to myself," he says. "What I have is a malevolent curiosity. That's what drives my need to write and what probably leads me to look at things a little askew. I do tend to take a different perspective from most people."

Here, 18 different illustrators remember David Bowie through their own artistic perspectives — from typography to '80s pop to cubism: