Here we are, the big reveal...my submission for Hero Complex Gallery's newest exhibition "Smile, You Son Of A Bitch: An Art Tribute."In an earlier post, I had mentioned I was working with more traditional hand drawn illustration. I am talking actually putting pencil to paper. Yep, old school. This Jaws print represents my first attempt at taking the actual pencil sketches and incorporating them into my final design. The first step was to take the sketches and scan them in using my new Canon LiDE 210. The 210 is a nice little flatbed scanner that plugs right into your computer and is powered by the USB connector. I use a scanning resolution of about 600 dpi to get all the pencil details.
I did a little clean up and made some minor touch ups in Photoshop. Then, I took each of the sketches into Illustrator to add the final coloring. The final step was to take the base colors, which are vector, back into Photoshop and reunite them with the cleaned up sketches. I used a Blending Mode of Linear Burn in Photoshop to allow the sketches to bleed into the vector color blocks I created in Illustrator. This had the effect of making the illustrations really feel hand drawn. A little texturing and adding text made the piece complete.I am very excited by the quality of the final prints, which I printed on Epson Somerset Fine Art Velvet at 18" x 24." This print will be available as a very limited edition of 20 that are all signed and numbered by me. They will be available online at Hero Complex Gallery starting Saturday, November 2nd. A portion of each sale is going to PangeaSeed.org, an organization that works with various artists, scientists, and environmental groups to help raise awareness of the conservation and preservation of sharks and other marine species currently in peril. On Saturday you will also be able see on HeroComplexGallery.com all the other artist's entries, which I can guarantee is going to be amazing.
So, check out the art work and help a good cause!