Wednesday, June 23, 2010
54 Intercontinental Cuties!: The Process
I thought I'd share my working process for these cards and walk you through from initial sketch to final product. Here's how I did the playing card for Cuba.
STEP #1. Research.
Since this is a pinup playing card deck, I had to do the task of somewhere finding a photo of a sexy woman for reference. As you can imagine, this was practically impossible. There aren't pictures of beautiful women anywhere! I looked in magazines, books, advertisements, billboards, movies, calendars, tv shows, commercials, cereal boxes, newspapers, etc. If only there was some sort of world wide web that could be built for the sole purpose of sharing information around the globe, but instead of useful information, it would just have sexy lady pictures all over it, THAT would be useful right now. But instead I just took a photo of my smoking na-na and her conjoined twin. I'll make it work.
STEP #2. Macaroni and Cheese Bath.
You heard me right. There nothing more relaxing (or delicious) after a long day of research than a Macaroni and Cheese bath. I fill my tub with 10 gallons of boiling water, add macaroni from approximately 150 boxes of Kraft, let boil for 4 minutes then I open the drain to remove the water. Then I grab a shovel and mix in the 20 pounds of cheese powder and a 1/4 cup of milk.
Then I light some tea candles, disrobe, and it's Heaven. And the bath is over when I'm done eating all of it. This step can last up to 4 days.
STEP #3. Red Dead Redemption.
Because it's awesome.
STEP #4. Try to draw, but then doubt self and ability to accomplish anything.
REPEAT STEP #2 through STEP #4, build up a strong lather, rinse, and repeat.
STEP #5. Draw something that will have to do because you are running out of time.
STEP #6. Scan it into the fancy computer machine, and press the 'color' button. The computer does the rest for you.
Viola! You've made a playing card! Only 53 left to go!
Make sure to check out my comrade Bill Presing's playing card process. He doesn't go with the Macaroni and Cheese bath method, he's more of a Spaghetti-O's type.