Tiki Bar - Process

This is something I just finished for a long time client. This is for a resort that wanted a fun image of their tiki bar on t-shirts, napkins, glasses, etc. I did a couple of rough digital sketches and the image below was selected as the jumping off point.

Artwork © 2012 Gene Gonzales

First thing I wanted to do was design the tiki masks. Below are the two that made the cut in their rough form. These were drawn in my sketchbook and are only 3 inches tall. After scanning them, I enlarged them and printed them out on bristol board.


Artwork © 2012 Gene Gonzales

Now I have the blue line printout of the rough to ink. The final art will be done in Illustrator, but I didn't want to create the art in Illustrator. It would look a little too slick for my purposes. So I inked the pieces on bristol board. Since the tiki masks are symmetrical, I only had to ink one side. After I scanned the art, I duplicated the left side of each one, flipped it and used it to make the right sides. The line art is a bit uneven and that's what I wanted. When I take it into Illustrator and use Live Trace to convert it into vector art, the uneven look will become more apparent. More tomorrow.


Artwork © 2012 Gene Gonzales

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