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Tattoo…Da Plane Boss, Da Plane

I’m a big fan on the the tattoo TV shows “Miami Ink” and “LA Ink,” not that I have any tattoos or plans on getting any inked on my skin, but I do appreciate the artwork that tattoo artist create. When I was coming up with new designs for our TYVEK Wallet line at my previous place of employment, I thought I’d present the concept of doing one based on tattoos.  Ed Hardy’s designs, which are tattoo related in nature, had not hit mainstream at that time so I thought that we’d be hitting the ground running with this popular trend. So with that in mind I sketched up the concept design below.

Like most of my sketches, I work pretty closely to my original concepts when it comes to working it up in the computer. I started by sketching out some pretty tight pencil drawings of the individual elements, scanned them in, and then colored them in Photoshop before laying out the wallet design.

The above were my initial color versions of the design. Like the “Rockin’ Guitar” design I posted yesterday, nothing gets by without some tweaking, changes, and alterations…and “Tattoo” was no exception. I won’t bore you with all of the incremental changes between the major ones, but I will share with you the significant ones. After a couple of nips and tucks to the artwork and layout, my boss decided that he wanted to take the design in a different direction, a more monochromatic direction. Below are the results of said demands.

I think that the above version works…it’s just different. However, since my original concept was tattoo art, I still prefer the first version which more strongly captures that feeling. The changes didn’t stop there…after reconsidering and some overt nudging on my part, my boss wanted to revisit the first version…but with some further…modifications.

On the Exterior Artwork, the Winged Heart was replaced with a Lion’s Shield, ribbons were removed, wording changed, etc. The major change was on the Interior Pocket Artwork where the Coy Fish and Lotus Flower were completely deleted and a large Flaming Dagger became the focus. Even though we returned to some of my original ideas, I still lean toward my first attempt.

The elements from this wallet were then worked into a Textile Repeat and placed into various apparel templates as potential future clothing concepts.

So there you go, my first attempt at being a tattoo artist…all-be-it in Photoshop, but a tattoo artist none-the-less.  Enjoy!

Rockin’ Guitar

It’s been a little while since my last post so I wanted to make sure that I got something up here for everyone to see and enjoy.

The last couple of days I’ve been organizing and backing up some of the artwork that I completed during my last few weeks at my previous job. I had done a series of different designs that were printed and were intended too be printed on TYVEK paper and fashioned into designer wallets. One such piece was titled “Rockin’ Guitar.” Like any design or illustration, it went through countless changes and alterations until it was completed and in the can. The more hands and opinions that deliberate over a design, the more likely it is to mutate from version to version. With “Rockin’ Guitar” the changes were more on the color side rather than the design. There were probably about a dozen different subtle versions, but instead of pasting them all up here I thought that I’d show you just a couple of the different color ways.

Above is the Original Thumbnail Sketch that I did to show my concept and how the design would lay into the wallet template. After the concept was approved I moved right on into the computer and began to execute and illustrate the piece. The powers that be requested that the design be multicolored and bright like a rainbow. I was also told to add several more guitars to flesh out the design. Below is the first colored version I completed.

This is the Full Design that wrapped around from the outside right into the interior of the wallet.

Above is the Exterior Artwork of the wallet as it would appear.

This is the Interior Artwork of the design as it would appear when you opened the wallet.

However, after countless changes in the details of the design and several major color alterations, I arrived at the version below.

I prefer the colors in the final version over those in my original coloration, but miss many of the details that my boss elected to remove. Such is the life of a Graphic Designer/Illustrator!

However, the design did not end there. We were working on new designs for our apparel line as well and since I had the elements already drawn and illustrated, I worked it up into a Textile Repeat to be used on both Lounge Pants and Boxers.

Besides the Textile Repeat, I also created the Lounge Pant and Boxer templates that I placed the artwork into. Click on the apparel above if you’d like to see them larger.

Enjoy and keep Rockin’!

Megan’s Christmas Present

As a Christmas Gift this year, I finally drew my niece Megan a drawing of herself in my “Artzee Fartzee” style. I’ve meant to for some time, but never really found the time to do so..until now. Since she had been salivating for what in her mind must have felt like eons for me to Doodle her, Sketch her, and Draw her on up, I knew I had to do her justice. So with pad in hand and my trusty mechanical pencil, I began to work out the drawing. While sitting in front of the TV watching one of many 007 flicks over the Holiday break with my Father-In-Law…I etched out a concept sketch for the piece. I usually start off by first trying to capture the individual’s likeness as best I can…my cartoon style can have it’s limitations but in Megan’s case, I think I succeeded…especially with her personality. And the drawing oozes with her personality. So with her likeness captured, I move directly into thumbnails. I don’t tend to do as many thumbnail sketches as I use to, now I tend to do a couple at most and pretty much leave it at that. With Megan, I only did two and really only explored the one Posted below. My thumbnails are usually quite small and tight, I like to work out the flow of things that way and then translate that almost verbatim into the final drawing…which is what I did in this case.  There are slight variations, but what was mapped out in the concept sketch is for the most part represented in the completed drawing.

I had planned to add color to the drawing, a few accent reds and grays in her clothing and skulls and such, but in the end I felt like the pencil stood on it’s own. I may go back and color it in the computer later for my own personal use. I also threw in a word bubble with a completely random phrase, ’cause my niece…if anything, is completely random.

Just thought I’d toss up here a couple of pics I took of her opening the gift. By the way, I know she dug it, ’cause immediately after opening it, she magically produced her cell out of thin air like she was Criss Angel and began pounding away at the key pad texting her friends about it. I guess I could call the gift a success.

I hope you enjoy it Megan.

Learn To Love It!

This past Christmas I created several pieces of artwork that I gave away as gifts. For my Brother-In-Law, I designed him a T-shirt based on a phrase that him and his wife tell each other. That phrase is “Learn To Love It!” Now I’m not going to tell you what the expression means or how it links to the image, I’m just gonna leave that up to your own imaginations. The image was printed on a black T-shirt, with a large front design and a smaller 3 inch wide element printed on the back neck area.

I love designing artwork like this, that is a edgy and distressed and that has a bit of a gothic element to it. It definitely is different than my cartoon “Artzee Fartzee” style or my portrait artwork I do. It’s quite liberating for me to design in this fashion. Below is a photo of the finished shirt, don’t mind the wrinkles, I wasn’t able to iron it before taking the photo.

More Christmas present artwork Posts to come.