10 Oct 2011

World’s Greatest Exaggerator

Illustration, Process / Tutorial, Shirts For Sale No Comments

My newest design “World’s Greatest Exaggerator” is now up for sale at Threadless! This design was inspired by an overheard snippet of conversation at a restaurant, and is currently in the running for the “3 Words or Less” competition. It seemed like a design that lots of people would enjoy, and something that even if YOU don’t need it, you probably know someone who does.  Your votes and comments are how they choose what to print, so thanks for all those who took the time to vote!

Prints, laptop skins and iPhone cases are also available at Society6.com.


For this design, I turned once more to scratchboard, which is quickly growing to be one of my favorite artistic media. For those unfamiliar with the process, you start with a panel that’s coated in white clay, then covered in black ink.

Initially, I create my layout / composition sketch using a combination of digital and analog techniques:

Then, I transfer the artwork to the scratchboard. To do this, I place the original drawing on top of the scratchboard, and trace it all with a ball-point pen. The pressure from the pen leaves light impressions in the soft surface, that I can then use as guides.



After that, it’s a matter of using scratching tools to slowly and deliberately scratch away the top surface to reveal the white clay underneath. To begin, I outline the primary shapes to make it easier to see them as I’m working.


Once that’s done, I go back and begin rendering each individual element.



Until eventually (many hours later) it’s completed!



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