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Shirts that I have designed

For the US Open Freestyle Championships shirt Scott Davidson said he wanted a drawing of a shredder with footbag freestyle somewhere in front. This is the photo referance. I would have put this in My Favorites section if it were not already here. Cool move. Dynamic motion. Different angle. Keaton (CIC's newest member) is shredding hard and having a fun time doing it. I think this image just has a lot of energy to it and that's why I wanted to use it for this shirt design. . Photo by Alex "Zeke" Ibardaloza.
The figure was roughly 5x8 inches. I opened the referance in photoshop (I have a digital camera and all my photos are on my pc) and put a grid over it. I then made a grid on a piece of 11x14 inch bristol board and started the drawing. I decided to make the footbag a seperate piece so that I could have a little more flexibility on the final design if I needed it. Black india ink was applied over the rough pencils using several sized paintbrushes. I opted for the brushes over a technical pen so I could get a wider, more fliud line. This image was not scanned, its a photo from my Sony Mavica. You can see some of the light reflecting off some of the ink. That had to be cleaned up before I started the final design. Photo by Alex "Zeke" Ibardaloza.
All that energy the photo had was lost in the transition to an illustration. I think I made it too level, too stable. I'd like to say that I had purposely made the face a bit vague so that it could be everydayjoe shredder. Actually I had messed up trying to get Keatons likeness. The addition of the text is nothing special. I just did not want anything centered. At this point I might have been running behind shedule and could not come with anything more clever. Overall I think it's a solid piece, nothing too spectacular. . Photo by Alex "Zeke" Ibardaloza.
This was just to show how I wanted the design on the shirt. I placed the final image over a pic of my brother in a plain white shirt. I like simple, bold designs. I try not to add any additional elements that I don't need for the sake of something flashy. Less is more. And faster. And cheaper. Photo by Alex "Zeke" Ibardaloza.
A view of all the shirts before I gave them out to they guys. Everyone in the club got a shirt with their charicature (that I drew) on it. Photo by Alex "Zeke" Ibardaloza.
One of the earlier sketches for this project, wacom tablet in photoshop. I did a bunch of quick pencil thumbnails along with these to try and find a pose and angle I really liked. Photo by Alex "Zeke" Ibardaloza.
Basically the same pose but a bit more refined. At this point I've pretty much settled on how the body is positioned, I just needed to show it at a more interesting angle. Photo by Alex "Zeke" Ibardaloza.
Worm's eye view. Probably not a very common point of view in footbag but definatley more dynamic and has the potential to make a really cool shirt.But I was afraid I'd have a little trouble finding refrences to help me out so I decided not to go with this one. Photo by Alex "Zeke" Ibardaloza.
It was suggested that I tip the body forward. This was one of many, many attempts to try and do so. As I tipped the upper body towards the viewer I ended up moving the knees closer to the chest. I really don't notice much of a change in angle on this one, its just rotated slightly to the left. Photo by Alex "Zeke" Ibardaloza.
I'm really frustrated at this point and crunched for time. Here I'm going back to basic shapes to construct the body in the right perpective. Half way through it, I gave up and bust out a posable action figure and my digital camera. Photo by Alex "Zeke" Ibardaloza.
After a quick sketch of the photo reference I started adding in the anatomy and clothes. The folds in the shirt and shorts proved quite difficult to make them look like they're actually wrapped around a human body.This drawing did not need to be done too 'tight' since I would have been doing the rest of it on the computer. I just need enough info for the lighting. Photo by Alex "Zeke" Ibardaloza.
Near it's completion and Im very pleased with how its turning out.There are little to no curves on this image and it had a nice slick look to it already. I knew it was going to be troublesome to justify the smaller legs once I flattened the image and made it more abstract. But I'll stick with it unless I get enough people that mention it. This particular style is based on the work of 2 comic artists - Frank Miller (Sin City) and Brian Stelfreeze. Photo by Alex "Zeke" Ibardaloza.
Finally. I made some changes to the face and hair from the previous image and added a sandbag.I ended up outlining the left hand to keep it from blending in with the shorts and to give it more 'pop'. Photo by Alex "Zeke" Ibardaloza.
This is still a work in progress. I'll be adding a footbag and tweaking the outlines of the character on the left and possibly some simple shading. Feel free to e-mail me or PM me on with questions and comments. Photo by Alex "Zeke" Ibardaloza.
Revised final version

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