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.
If you are a lurker from Imgur (and you might be one) then the ol’ Whappity Whappity Stormtrooper meme in not lost on you… for all other’s here is a fun “in process” project for the upcoming central New York Tech Garden gallery exhibit “Star Wars vs. Star Trek: The Logical Choice”.
(Above) Pencil drawings and roughs always come first. Notice all the smudges and eraser crud?
Laying down red color layers. Watercolor, liquid acrylic and gosh knows what else!
Greys and blacks are the last step along with touch-ups and overall composition checks. Thanks for scrollin’ and if you’d like to pick up a print.
This post first appeared on January 17th, 2016. “Whappity Whappity” was featured in the 2016 “Star Wars vs. Star Trek: A Logical Choice” group art exhibit at The Tech Garden Gallery in Syracuse New York.
“Inanimate” is one of those moods where time stops or slugs along like syrup in winter next to icebergs. But you ever get the sense of being inanimate when everything rushes around you… so fast that it stops still or you do? Let me know what you think is inanimate to you? And yes, Keanu’s Reeves acting style has been counting in on the tally in the One Day One Sketch scoreboard.
This archived sketch was first posted on August 29th, 2011.
Busting out a new year here at One Day One Sketch means more illustration goodies coming your way!
Kicking off the new year are 12 scrumptious epic myths +legends coming your way soon. First up is the undeniably 1950s urban legend classic: The Hookman. And for more spine-tingling goodies, come check out our store for swag + gear!
I say, what a cheery chap, old sport! Looks like One Day One Sketch is laying down the ink and linework for the Narwhale Martini illustration tattoo design sketch. Just dapper!
Concocted from a very clever and quite brilliant suggestion from one of our awesome fellow bloggers, Kevin B., this illustration design features a very dapper narwhal martini with a olive skewer. We tip our (mini-Narwhal sized) top hats to you, of course.
“Feel Good Hit of the Summer” illustration featuring tongue-in-cheek humorous illustration of nicotine, valium, vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol. as a parody illustration as inspired by the lyrics of The Queens of Stone Age.
The first sketches appeared on February 26th, 2014 and February 27th, 2014. The illustration piece was featured in the 2013 juried show “On My Own Time” group exhibit at the Everson Museum of Art and the Szozda Gallery in Syracuse, NY.