After being intrigued, nay, engulfed by the brilliant artwork of gig posters, traditional tattoo design work, and many copious hours of listening to the the hilarious interviews at either San Diego Comic Con or New York Comic Con of the duo behind The Venture Bros. (and excellent cult-classic cartoon. Think “what would happen if Johnny Quest started aging?”) … an illustration piece was born.
[Upper left-hand photo] The rough sketch for the tattoo sleeve design illustration is hewed out onto a sheet of luxuriously soft cotton rag 110b white paper.
The feel of this paper is oh-so-charming that I know fellow letterpress printers flock to it for their haute couture wedding invites and business cards. Illustrators fawn over it as well since it’s a nice balance between hot and cold press. Re: hot press paper = generally smooth. Cold press paper = textured and slightly rough.
[Upper right-hand photo] After many critical edits, re-works and fine-tuning of the overall composition… the drawing is then inked. Microns and Faber Castel brush pens were used as they tend not to smudge or rub off when using an eraser to clean-out pencil lifework.
[Bottom photo] Finally, the last bit of inking is done and the artwork is digitized and cleaned-up thoroughly via Adobe Photoshop (hint: Brightness Contrast and Image>Adjustments>Threshold are your friends, really).
Lastly, color is digitally added as well as the final finishing touches. Usually I wait at least three days so the artwork can “sit” and I can come back to it. Normally, the composition is minutely tweaked until completed or my original rough final is still what I had in mind and no further tweaks are needed.
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(c) Rebecca Miller illustration.
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