Greetings, once again, SuperFans! Marc here with another illustration to share. This time it’s not superhero or comic book related, though so I hope you’ll enjoy it. The other day I thought it would be fun to draw one of the most iconic performers of the 1970′s punk scene, Joey Ramone.
I was experimenting here with a more fluid and cartoony style than I normally use for The SuperFogeys. The basic structure of the drawing is inspired, oddly enough, by Dr. Seuss. Seuss is a huge influence in my house, and having just celebrated his birthday this past Saturday (3/2/13) his style was fresh in my mind. (Fun fact: Dr. Seuss was born in the city I call home!)
After sketching Joey out in a Seuss-esque style with a light blue colored pencil, I then inked over it on a sheet of marker paper taped over the original sketch.
For the inking, I wanted the look to be bolder than what I normally do, so I opted to use a black Prismacolor marker with a nice fat brush tip for all the heavy lifting. I then went back and cleaned up some of the line work with a Pigma Micron pen. The original actually measures 14″ x 17″, much bigger than I normally draw at.
After scanning, I colored in my usual fashion in Photoshop. When I color, I usually create a solid color layer for each major color in the piece, then create a layer mask based on a selection of the area I want colored. This allows me to easily adjust the colors if I need to after it’s all colored in without any hassle. For instance, I originally had Joey’s hair set as a darker shade of grey, but after laying in the background color, it didn’t “pop” like I wanted, so with a quick adjustment I was able to play with it and get it just right. The background also has a subtle grainy layer over it to give it some texture. This was created by making some quick gradients then playing with some noise, half tone screen, and blur filters.
So, there you have it. I hope you didn’t mind a little insight into my process. Let me know what you think and if you’d like to see more postings like this one.