Illustration site explores iconic guitars and their owners.
FlatGuitars is an illustration project by David Navarro, an art director, designer and “frustrated rockstar” based in Amsterdam. The site is a tribute to historic guitars and the guitar heroes behind them.
You can explore iconic guitars such as the Brian May Signature known as his "Red Special" - or the "Old Lady" – which was a result of two years of spare-time work, exclusively with hand tools and has been a part of the guitarist through 30 years of live concerts and studio work with Queen, all around the world.
There’s also the PRS Santana – derived from Carlos Santana’s longstanding creative partnership with Paul Reed Smith which has done much to shape the destiny of PRS Guitars. Over the years this pivotal alliance has been honoured by the manufacturer by offering variations of Santana’s signature model instrument.
The sound of the guitar can be activated when clicking to zoom in on a desktop, and on Google Chrome a subtle graphic audio visualizer coming out from the guitar was added.
“FlatGuitars is an illustration tribute to all of those guitars I'd like to have in my own personal collection (I own a Gibson Les Paul and a Taylor acoustic) but I don't have enough money to buy all of them (I wish!), and also, of course, a tribute to all those inspiring guitar heroes whose music make me company everyday,” says David Navarro.
“Everything started a while ago when I decided to illustrate a photorealistic Gibson Explorer using only Photoshop and tonnes of patience. This was the result of a few hours messing around with brushes. I had a lot of fun doing it and gave me some perspective.
“A few months after I got inspired by the awesome an extremely beautiful project Windows of New York by José Guizar and I thought it was a nice idea to rethink the whole project and illustrate again all those guitars that I love but just in a simple way.
“And then I started to develop a simple idea for the site, keeping the guitar as the hero with a few little points of interaction in every corner and the description and links for every single guitar.”
“This is an ongoing project, my plan is to illustrate a new guitar every week.”
The site was handcrafted by interactive development studio, Ingamana. Visit FlatGuitars.com.
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