Firefly Illustration in the New Printed in Blood Artbook

For the third time I’ve had one of my illustrations included in a Printed in Blood artbook. The first two were the Stranger Things artbook and the Ghostbusters artbook, plus I have two more artbooks coming up that will have my artwork in them. The next book, coming out early this fall, will be an Aliens artbook!

For the Firefly illustration, Printed in Blood printed it on a full page, with an opposite page featuring a quote from the show and a segment of the illustration printed in black and white. I’m super happy with how my illustration received a full page spread, plus I love the quote they used!

Process of the design

The origin illustration is 11×14″ and is mixed media. I used acrylic paint on the background and a mix of Copic markers, gouache, and polychromous pencil crayons on the center, main image. The background uses the common colours of the show, a reddish brown and yellow. I included the Kanji (Chinese characters) that are part of the show’s logo but didn’t want to have the characters look like they were just slapped on. So I decided to have the characters flip to a negative shape when they crossed the circle. I think that made them look a little more dynamic and well integrated into the overall design.

Did you know the Chinese characters on the Firefly logo mean “Serenity”?

I wanted to include a portrait of each of the ship’s crew along with an iconic item for each of them, but the drawing became too busy so I only included iconic objects for a few of the crew. For Jayne I drew grenades and for Wash it was leaves, and I had the two items falling in a similar way to add a bit of symmetry.  The ship itself is a character on the show, so I thought it would be cool to use the outline of the ship as a frame for all of the characters. Overall I’m pretty happy with how this turned out!

Commission artwork

Please use the form below to commission artwork from me or to inquire about purchasing the original Firefly painting.

 

Ghostbusters Artbook RELEASED!

A few months ago I posted about how an illustration I created would be included in a Ghostbusters Artbook from Printed in Blood. Now I can share with you the illustration I created for it as the book has just been released!

who you gonna call ghostbusters illustration by matt stewart
“Who You Gonna Call?” Illustration by Matt Stewart (2020)

 

The Design

The illustration was hand drawn and painted with some digital adjustments. I used mixed media of gouache paint, acrylic paint, oil pencil crayons, and copic markers on illustration board. For the digital edits I just cleaned up the white spaces and did some colour correction but otherwise it looks the same as the original.

My idea behind this was that I wanted to do something different from what I normally draw, and to use text in the design. The phrase “Who You Gonna Call” is synonymous with the Ghostbusters franchise, allowing the concept to not be specific to any of the movies or TV show. I also liked the idea of drawing the lettering the same as the font in the Ghostbusters logo, plus having it nice and bold so that it’s easily readable.

While I liked the idea of doing a text based design, just having the lettering wouldn’t be enough. So I went off designs I’ve seen before where characters or objects are drawn hanging off and on the letters. I thought it would be fun to do this here but with some of the more famous ghouls from the movie. Going a step further to tell a little bit of a story with the illustration I added the four Ghostbusters at the bottom shooting the letters with their proton packs. I debated removing the figures but ended up leaving them in place because it didn’t look quite finished without them.

Order Now

Pick up your copy of the book today at your local comic book, book store, or through the Amazon link below!

Order the art supplies i use

Curious about what art supplies I use? Follow the links below to purchase the same supplies I used in creating the Ghostbusters illustration!

Holbein Traditional Gouache Paints

Faber Castel Polychromous Pencil Crayons

 

PRevious Publications

Last year I was published in the Stranger Things: Visions from the Upside Down artbook. This book was also published by Printed in Blood. Check out my previous post to see what I contributed to that book!

stranger things illustration created by matt stewart for the printed in blood artbook, visions from the upside down

 

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Stranger Things Illustration: Visions from the Upside Down

I am thrilled to announce that one of my illustrations was included in the Stranger Things Artbook: Visions from the Upside Down! This book was printed by Printed in Blood and is available at local comic stores, Chapters, and Amazon!

Original Illustration for the Stranger Things Artbook: Visions from the Upside Down, created by Matt Stewart
Original Illustration for the Stranger Things Artbook: Visions from the Upside Down, created by Matt Stewart

As my illustration was included in the book, I have a very limited print from it! This print is limited to just 200 copies and can only be purchased direct from me! I will have a few copies available at the local Red & White Show in Calgary and might have a few copies available at the Comic Expo in Prince George, but that won’t be till May of 2020. If you’d like to buy a copy of the print from me today, then please contact me here! The prints are $60 each plus shipping if ordering online, and they come with a free mini art print of one of my other drawings!

About the Limited Prints

stranger things art print drawn by matt stewart
Stranger Things art print drawn by matt stewart

My Stranger Things art print measures 16×12″ and is printed on high quality, Mohawk paper. Each print is hand signed and numbered, and you would receive a random numbered print when ordering, however print number 11 is reserved for the person who purchases the original drawing! The prints are shipped unframed via FedEx.

The Original Drawing

The original drawing I created for the artbook is also for sale. I am asking $525 for the original drawing, plus shipping. The original drawing was created with Copic markers, polychromous pencil crayons, gouache and acrylic paints, with a protective archival quality UV spray added overtop. The original is 11.5×9″ with a 1/2 or 1″ border.

Buy Your Copy of the Artbook

Please follow this link to Amazon & purchase your copy of the book today! By purchasing the book through this link you will also help support me in creating more artwork!