Sunday, April 7, 2013

Secret Asian in Disguise

Children can say the most unexpected and funny things.  I decided to take some of those unexpected moments and work them into my art.  Pictured above is an illustration of my son.  When he was little he used to think "secret agent in disguise" was actually "secret asian in disguise".  I feel like I need to give you a little background on this so you understand why we thought this was funny.  First off, I'm Caucasian and my husband is Japanese.  My son ended up taking more after me when it comes to looks; he has medium brown hair and fair skin.  That said, he kind of is like a "secret asian in disguise".

Below is a little bit about how I created this illustration.

I started off with the photo above.

I cropped the photo and turned it into a black and white image.  I used the "photocopy" filter in Photoshop to make it.  If I'm making an illustration that's mainly black and white, I like to do this so I can get a better idea of how the image will look.

Next I sketched out the image on Bristol board.  Once I had a good outline of the image, I started inking it in one section at a time. I recommend using Micron pens for this. They come in all different sizes.  I used a 03 for this illustration. 

Last I colored in the image with markers.  Lately I've been using Copic markers for my illustrations.  I also like Tria markers. 

If you were going to make a piece of art from an overheard quote, what would it be?


Michelle L. said...

I. Love. It. To the extreme ends of the earth. That is the coolest quote, and I am just so charmed with how you translated it to art!

LimeRiot said...

What a truly special piece of original art! I bet you and your son will enjoy this for years to come. Thanks for sharing your process too. You make it look easy enough to try!

Acornbud said...

So cute:)

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Pallot said...

Cute memories!

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