Friday, June 6, 2014

Custom "Thank You" card

Just a quick job I did over the phone. Got the request to sketch a thank you card for someone that had gone above and beyond at work, so the concept is "handsome nerdy" guy that hang the moon in the sky for the thankful recipient. The request was for a black and white illustration after the client couldn't find the exact card she wanted at Hallmark. The line work was drawn with my trusted Sakura Pigma Sensei 06 pen. Since I had many of my coloring tools laid out on my drafting table already, the color version was done for fun. I applied a Copic Sketch marker for the skin tone, Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush artist pens for the clothing and lettering, and a Prismacolor Premier double ended marker for the ground.
The advantage of the pigmented India inks of the Pitt pens is that they do not bleed through the back of the card stock. The alcohol based inks of the Copic Sketch and Prismacolor show through the back of the front of the card. Making custom greeting cards, is a good project for budding artists to exercise their illustration skills and apply their creativity in giving shape to their clients visions. You can have your kids work on birthday cards, thank you notes, and holiday greeting cards on rainy days, so that they do not have to rush through at the last minute.

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