One thing I struggle with these days is finding the time to just kick back and sketch. I spend 8 hours a day at the computer designing shirts for the day job, then I go home and color comics. I love the work, but it’s a little disheartening when I look over my sketchbook and I’ve only filled up two pages in as many months. So I always relish the opportunity to doodle when I’m designing, and yesterday was a great chance to do that.
I was assigned to design a shirt with the University of Montana’s mascot, a grizzly bear named Monté. I spent about an hour and a half just sketching, trying to loosen up and let some creative juices flow.
After I had something good to work with, I scanned in the sketch sheet and composited two sketch elements- Monte loitering around looking moderately cool, and a rad motorcycle. (I did mention he rides a motorcycle, right?)
Took the pencils into Freehand (We use obsolete software at the shirt company. Just because, apparently.) and used the Pen tool to ink it.
Then I began to color it. Creating fills with vector paths and strokes is a different way of coloring than I naturally do, but the biggest challenge is using 6 colors or less, to accommodate screen printing limitations. I’m not entirely finished yet- I’ve still got some work to do on the layout of the text, but I thought I’d throw it up on the blog anyway, just for kicks.