Liger x BOLTgraphicsNov 20 2014 · 0 comments · Illustration ·2
Liger is a small company that puts out a high quality t-shirts in limited editions. All with solid illustrated designs.
Each ‘wave’ of t-shirts has designs by 6 new illustrators and is each based on a different theme. I was asked to participate in the 4th Wave which is being released today. The theme was “Old School Gaming” and this is how my entry came about…
Sketchy sketchI started off as I always do, with some rough quick sketches. The theme of this specific wave was ‘Old School Gaming’, but an overall theme in the Liger shirts is ‘girls’. So I started thinking about how I could mix the two.
The first idea was a bit of a lewd one (sorry mom). It was basically taking the words “Joy Stick” and filter them through a dirty mind. Any old dirty mind will, do but I have one readily available inside my skull.
The second one was based on something that is quite common in the cosplay scene, where girls dress up as the female version of a male character. And well, it could really only be one character… can you guess who it is?
Final SketchAfter reviewing and discussing both sketches we decided to go with the plumber lady. So I got to work on a more detailed sketch and the typography.
I usually try to do these at the same time, which makes sense especially in cases where I draw all the type by hand, but in this case it was quicker to do the type in illustrator (as it was all pixels and straight lines).
Anyway I started with the girl. After the first sketch of her was done I focussed on the typography for a bit and when I came back to the sketch I decided I didn’t like her left hand. It wasn’t naturally resting on the mushroom, so I changed it so that she was… *ahem* well, stroking it more.
In the meantime I was also working on the typography.
It needed to be in the style of “Old School Games” of course, which to me meant: pixels. I started off with a pixel grid and built some fat and heavy lettering on top of that.
However, it turned out quite rigid and boring, so I jazzed it up a bit. I added a heart line (love them), some depth and a put a slant on it.
While I was working on the early sketches, this one phrase had popped into my brain: “Dirty Bits”. It seemed quite fitting to the theme and the image.
I presented it to Liger, they liked it, so we used it.
Final DesignAfter discussing the detailed sketch and agreeing on amendments and a few little but important additions it was time for inking, vectors and colouring.
The illustration was inked using a brush and ink… an actual brush and actual ink. Although I own and use a Wacom Cintiq, I don’t like using it for inks. After this was scanned I proceeded to convert the whole image to vectors. This need to be crisp and clean, so I did it by hand. It was a ton of work, but it had to be done.
With the vectors on the girl done, I added the typography and colour. I wanted the colours to be somewhat ‘electric’ so for all the colours you’d normally see used for this character, I picked a slightly more saturated and bright variant. Just to make the design pop off the shirt more.
And with that the piece was done.
This project was a lot of fun and I hope it shows. Be sure to check out the other amazing artists who were part of the 4th Wave of Liger shirts:
Ben Newman, Bagilla, Richard Simonse, Chris Evenhuis and Hans van Oudenaarden. I’m quite proud to be in the same line up as these guys.
The shirts are out now, if you’re quick you might be able to buy over at the Liger Store
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