Sarah: You don’t by any chance know the way through this labyrinth, do you?
The Worm: Who, me? No, I’m just a worm. Say, come inside, and meet the missus.
I think I spent as much time on the concept sketches for this leather midori style notebook cover as I did in the execution of it. The commission came only a few days before Bowie’s death with the instructions “Remember how much you loved the movie Labryinth? Put it on this notebook cover.” Does Chris Barrett know me or what? So that’s what prompted me to spend time in getting the concept sketches nailed down, I wanted it to be memorable.
It’s at this stage that I send the piece back to Chris and we talk about tooling the piece. Ok, to be fair, I mainly listen as he tells me what’s going to happen with tooling and dye work. He knows how the leather takes colour and tooling, plus he’s done extensive testing with dye and burned leather, so he know what works and won’t hide the details on a burn like this.