|Jerry Brown and Ben Bernanke for the LA Times by Graham Smith|
Art Director Derek Simmons and I went straight to work figuring out how we would place the Ben and Jerry portraits in the layout for the year's end Sunday Business cover, shooting a few quick thumbnails back and forth.
With the layout locked, I inked the two portraits at the same size as they would print. I used a # 3 round brush mostly, and added the smaller lines with a quill pen. I inked Jerry Brown five times before I got him looking right. Ben Bernanke only took two tries!
Art Director Derek Simmons helped redesign the entire LA Times format recently, so I relied heavily on the templates he supplied to figure out the sizing of the illustration.
To finish the illustration, I created monoprints for background color with acrylic paint and a brayer, splattered it with ink, then printed full sized proofs on watercolor paper.
|Ben Bernanke by Graham Smith|
|Jerry Brown by Graham Smith|
|LA Times next to the original illustration|
|Original inking, printed piece in the LA Times and the sketch|
|Detail of Jerry Brown illustration - color proof on watercolor paper|
|Art Director's notes are the best.|
I'm able to post the originals artwork next to the final printed pieces because Art Director's (and their staff) take the time to mail (as in Post Office) samples to me. Sometimes they have awesome notes attached. Thanks!