Pen & Ink Illustration

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How It's Done!
The concept for this wine and blues festival poster design was to have a hand illustrated feel created with ink pens. Custom typography and logo designs were incorporated into the final piece, all hand drawn.

The following is a breakdown of the creative process used to complete the finished illustration:

Resource Photography:
A good illustration starts with good resource photography. This design uses a combination of stock photography and custom photography. The photos shown here individually comprise the main components of the composition.

Design Composition:
Adobe Photoshop was used to create the composition of photos and typography. A custom logo was created in Adobe Illustrator and imported into Photoshop. The poster edges filter in the filters gallery was used to artistic effect.

Tools and Supplies:
Tracing Paper
6B Woodless Graphite Pencil
Red Colored Pencil
Eight Piece Artist Pen Set
(varied in shades of grey and black)
18" Metal Ruler
Kneaded Eraser
Hot Press Paper
Scotch Tape
(for holding tracing paper in place)
X-acto Knife

Prints and Paste-up:
The finished composition was then tile-printed to a black and white toner printer. Each print was trimmed with an X-acto knife and metal ruler and then pasted together with scotch tape to create one image from four prints.

Taping a large piece of tracing paper over the tiled pate-up image a red colored pencil was then used to trace the images. Two separate traces were done, one for the type and the other for the images.

Graphite Application:
A layer of graphite is then rubbed onto the back of the two tracings with a 6B woodless graphite pencil.

After the graphite is rubbed onto the back of the tracings each trace is then taped to a piece of hot press paper and re-traced. The graphite that was rubbed onto the back of the tracing is transferred to the hot press paper.

Pen Techniques and Typography:
Once all the tracing has been complete the image is then created with ink pens using the tiled print as visual reference. The straight edge of a metal ruler was used to make the edges of the type with an ink pen. A kneaded easer is used to clean up unwanted graphite and various textures were made with multiple ink pens for visual interest.