I find that I often forget to post the artwork I’ve done for trading card projects to my website. Then, months or even years later, something will pop up to remind me about a project I worked on that I never posted about! Today is one of those days as it is Stranger Things day and with it, the trailer for season four was released!
The new trailer for season four of Stranger Things was release today and although I have yet to draw any of the characters or events from season 4 or 3, I was invited to contribute artwork to the first and second season’s trading card sets from Topps. A couple of years after working on these trading card sets I also had a large Stranger Things illustration published in an artbook from Printed in Blood, which I posted about before on my website. From that artbook project I made licensed prints (see left), of which I still have limited copies still available.
The Stranger Things sketch cards I made are a few years old now and although I’m highly critical of my work, and in particular my older work, I’m still quite happy with how a number of these turned out, like those below!
Pack inserted artwork
The artwork I made for this set was quite varied. Some of the cards had coloured backgrounds but the figures were black and white inked sketches. Some of the other cards were coloured with copic markers and pencil crayons and others were painted with poster paints that I was trying out at the time.
Some of the drawings were a mix of ink, copic, and pencil crayons. I quite liked this approach as it brought out the blacks quite nicely. The upside down Will (above) is one of my favourites for this set and I think it still holds up pretty well.
I also made a few puzzle sketch cards for this project. I don’t tend to do a lot of puzzle cards because they aren’t packed together. That leaves collectors on what can be an endless search for the other half of the puzzle, but I do try to make each part of the puzzle stand on it’s own so if you only find one half it still looks pretty cool. One of my puzzles is shown above, where Jonathan and Nancy are laying in bed together; not sure if anyone ever found those in a pack.
All but one of my artist proofs sold for this set. The one remaining artist proof I have is of Barb. If you’d like to add this to your collection or to commission a custom illustration, please use the form below!
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!
Please use the form below to commission artwork from me or to inquire about purchasing the original Firefly painting.
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!
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.
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
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!
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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!
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
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!