The Cure are currently out on a year long world tour. Earlier this year, I was comissioned by the bassist, Simon Gallup, to help him design a new bass, exclusively for this 2016 tour. He had a vague idea of what he was after, he wanted some kind of English lion, a rose, and it absolutely had to be yellow!
The illustration style of the lion is intended to resemble a woodcut print, this was a decision I made in order to give the lion a sense of age and history.
(below) On stage before the first of three sold out, headline shows by The Cure at the Hollywood Bowl, with Michael Ciravolo, President of Schecter Guitars, holding the new Simon Gallup signatures.
(below) Simon Gallup playing the new bass on stage during the 2016 world tour
(below) The full lion illustration