Saturday, May 1, 2010

R.A.M.O.N.E.S. Ramones!


Here's a poster I today during a break from working on another fun job. I have some more posters on the way including a double Davey G poster. Like the poster below, I might hand draw the type on this one later before printing.

13 comments:

Alexander Wells said...

I can't take my eyes off the hair its amazing!

james corcoran said...

I agree you do great hair, do you mind me asking if you work with ink or if it's digital.

alex fine illustration said...

Thanks for the compliments. I love drawing hair more than anything! I often use a Pentel brush pen that I ordered from Jetpens.com. I actually use two, one that's a little worn that I use for large areas of shading and one that is newer with a more pointed tip that I use for linework, The cool thing about the pens is that they use real india ink and have a real brush tip as opposed to many others. Ray Jones, a far better inker than me turned me on to them and I have only used them since with the exception of real brushes from time to time when needed for larger drawings.

Jon Sperry said...

That's really cool! I love my pentel brush, I've got the inexpensive 'squeeze' one, but I'll probably get the nicer looking, slightly more expensive one soon. Very cool hair. How are you printing your posters? Are you selling them at the shows, or just passing them off to the band/merch people?

Brian Taylor Illustration said...

Love it.

alex fine illustration said...

Thanks Jon and Brian!

Jon - The Pentel is definitely cool. There's another pen made by Kuretake that is less streamline looking but has a smoother line. My wife just got me one and I've been experimenting with it. It has an even smoother line than the Pentel but you can't get the same dry brush effect.

I usually print digitally and make enough to promote the show and sell a few at the show too. I'll probably make 100 of these.

james flames said...

First, this is really great. Joey Ramone, awesome hair, and a tsunami. Can't go wrong.

So, I'm curious - do you prefer using the Pentel and Kuretake pens over a brush because it's better (cleaner line, more consistent, better control, etc etc)? Or do you just use it out of convenience, cuz it's faster with less cleanup and stuff?

I have one of those squeezy-Pentel pens too, and I'll use it sometimes for effect - but I could never seem to control it enough for me to consider using it instead of a brush. Maybe I should look into the more expensive ones...

Thanks for all the info!

alex fine illustration said...

Thanks James, I definitely prefer the brush pens for working on smaller paper. For anything over 11x14 I usually go back to brushes because the pens can't hold a line too long before breaking up. The dryer brush effect can be cool sometimes but it will never be as natural as real brushes. I have to say though, with the Kuretake pen and the Pentel together you kind of get the best of both worlds. The Kuretake has a metal ball that keeps the ink more fluid so it's possible to draw longer lines now. I'm still glad, however, that my teachers in school made me learn how to ink with a brush. It helped when I started using these new, more natural pens.

alex fine illustration said...

Haha I forgot to say why I prefer them. The control is pretty great. You don't have to worry about having the right amount of ink on the brush and you can use thinner, more affordable paper without the fear of it buckling from wetter ink. Also I'm always so frantic when I ink that I don't take as good care of my brushes as I should. I would try the Kuretake first because I think it will be a smoother transition from real brushes.

james flames said...

Nice - great info, thanks man! I always fret about if I'm cleaning my brushes well enough, too. Gonna give that Kuretake a try.

Dominic Bugatto said...

Geez , I go away on vacation for a week & a half and you go and dump all great stuff on your blog !!

Lotsa nice eye-candy ;-)

alex fine illustration said...

Thanks Dominic, I think getting into making posters again has helped me get motivated to do more work in my off time.

Rudy said...

up on my wall now!