Monday, August 06, 2007

Out of Spite X Poster Process

The initial sketch, just to get the idea down:

I draw the design in pencil on A3, then ink it with a cheap fineliner, then erase the pencil lines and then ink it with my brush-pen. Doing it this way round ensures that I'm not erasing over my final inks, so they stay nice and opaque.

My trusty Pentel Pocket Brush:

I scan in the design, convert the lines to vector, and work on colours and arrangement using my Wacom tablet in Photoshop. When I'm happy, I produce the colour seperations which are sent to the printer for outputting onto clear acetate. These are then used to create the screens used to print each of the four colours:

The gold screen, taped and ready for ink:

Printing the red:

Closeup of the key screen:

Friday, March 23, 2007

Melvins Poster Process

The Melvins are one of my favourite bands, so I'm very pleased to be able to do a poster for their upcoming European Tour. My poster is for the very first gig, in Oslo, Norway.

The Sketch - my sketchbook is filled with ideas scribbled down just like this. Very fast, very messy work; just enough for me to get the idea down.

I then draw out my rabbit character using a Pentel pocket brush. This is scanned in and, since the original is small, I convert this into a Vector in Illustrator.

I decide I want to add some texture to my background so using an old toothbrush I splatter some indian ink onto a sheet of paper and scan this into Photoshop.

I lay the whole thing out in Photoshop, seperating colours, and get each 'screen' printed out onto acetate. Here is the first on top of my stack of paper.

Mixing the ink.

Coating a screen.

Waiting for the coated screen to dry...

...Still waiting...

Mustard anyone?

At last the first colour is away.

The finished stack of yellow along with some monoprints.

Green is underway!

After printing the black the prints are left to dry before being guillotined.

The final print.


Some people can see faces in the flames...


Signed and numbered edition of 80, available for sale in April.