reinventingfunk asked: Hi Eric! I was wondering if you wouldn't mind me asking what your process is for your illustrations (what mediums you prefer, how you apply any digital touches, etc.) I came across your work through Fall of Troy and it's really great. Keep it up!
Ah, I had a whole answer typed up before, but it disappeared for some reason. My drawings usually start as lists of random words, since I can’t draw as fast as my mind races when a good idea is forming. I try to avoid doing too many thumbnails, since they don’t help me very much. Usually, I draw my first idea, and sketch to solve problems along the way. Here’s some pages from that second FoT poster.
here I’m figuring out how I want the smoke cloud to look, soldier’s uniforms, text for the logo I put on there, specific parts of helicopters, etc. I spend most of my time focusing on small things like this, even though most of the time a lot of detail gets lost in the print. I just want to know that I’ve done good research in case I need to draw something similar again. This is why I hang on to all of my old sketchbooks, too.
Then I will measure out and cut a piece of bristol board(smooth) in proportion to the final poster. I try to sketch as much of the final in non-photo blue pencil, then move in to detail with a .5mm mechanical pencil. I will usually mark shadows/blacks with the blue pencil, too.
After that, the best part of every drawing is when I start to ink. I can sort of tune out and all the stress of laying everything out/worrying about perspective and anatomy/etc. fades away. I ink with a #2 Kolinsky sable brush made by Rosemary and Co. This is the first nice brush I’ve owned in 10 years of inking with them, and it makes a huge difference. I use sumi ink for posters, since it doesn’t need to be waterproof, scan it on my Epson Workforce 7510, and bring it into Photoshop. After that, I have no idea how to explain my coloring process. It’s painting and separating for screen printing at the same time. I can have 40 layers, knowing I have to get down to 2-3 colors, but it works, since I’ve been printing most of my own stuff since 2010.
Of course, all this is mixed in with eating all the food in my fridge, drinking too much beer, and finding any other distraction I can. I’m getting better about drawing time just being for drawing, though, since it’s all I do for money these days. Hope this helped a little bit.
What I Am Up To (I have essay in this book curated by Trevor Powers and a picture in this zine with cool people like Ben McNutt, John O’Toole, Juan Madrid, Stacey Renee Morrison, Tammy Mercure & Paige Mazurek, you can buy it here and cover some of their costs)
Kickstarter is a GREAT way to offer pre-orders while simultaneously helping to offset direct printing costs - every little bit helps and goes towards creating something for the community!
I wish I had the skrilla to spare, so here’s a reblog in case one of you does! Support some rad artists.
PORTLAND! Join us at Floating World on Thursday, Jan. 2 for an evening with the publisher and artists of Snakebomb Comix. We’re celebrating with a group show and triple book release of Snakebomb 3, Tom Toye’s Illogical Comics Dailies and AD’s AREACC reprint!
Featuring artwork by Tom Toye, Ryan Dirks, AD, Pete Toms, Eric Benton, Jack Hayden, Pat Keck, Leah Wishnia, Marc Palm and Karissa Sakumoto. The Pacific Northwest SB crew will be in attendance! Huge thanks to AD for drawing the show flyer.
COME HANG WITH US, SEE YOU THERE!
Hey, Portland buds, this show is still up for another week or so, I believe. Check it out if you can!
Shirt design for Basketball Shorts here in Austin. I was going for an old Topps card vibe for this one, covered in slime.