Printwear

February '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 9 F E B R U A R Y P R I N T W E A R 1 5 if the detail of the pilot didn't match the integrity of the real thing, so we gathered a plethora of references through an internet search. X-wing Pilot helmets are unique as are the accessories. The rebel blaster our pin- up holds was modeled after photos of the actual prop. We also chose a comic book style to match up with the graphic. The clean black lines of the figures were created in Adobe Illustrator. We tried to keep our colors down for a cost-effective run as well. The garment color was black, our favorite as you know, and was great for deep space. The framing for our pi- lot was reminiscent of elements from the movie and, of course, we had to add the Death Star exploding in a burst of destruc- tion. The vector construction was based on movie prop photos and simplified. We also wanted an organic feel to the line work and explosion, so we got out our ink pens. We scanned and traced the inked drawings in Illustrator in the Image Trace palette. We constructed the path work in the panels to add additional detail. The fills and gradients transitioning into the shadow areas gave us an effective illusion. We utilized a font with that bold familiar- ity of the Star Wars logo and added surface details using the markings of the X-Wing with distressing. The stars were all individ- ually placed based on star maps. Once the construction was complete, we added dimension and detail in Pho- toshop. We moved our flat-based objects into a layered setup utilizing Channels to ultimately put our separations together. Though the Death Star was a substantial element, it was not necessary to create great detail. We used close-ups of a hull image and knocked it out of the gray so We started with a pencil sketch of our pin-up. The details of the helmet and ray gun (top right) were pulled directly from prop photos to ensure authenticity. We utilized a font with the familiarity of the Star Wars logo and added surface details using the markings of the X- Wing with distressing. The vector construction was based on movie prop photos and simplified. The final product was a literal explosion of colors.

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