Printwear

February '20

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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1 4 P R I N T W E A R F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 1 4 P R I N T W E A R F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 T ruly wonderful, the mind of a child... until that child becomes a teenager! Many of us have been there. That in- nocent love of animals has become more ag- gressive than the fuzzy bunnies of the past. Wolves are the preferred beasties today. "I want something totally sic! With a ferocious attitude." That's how kids today say, "Do something cool." Allow us to introduce Glitch, Nero, and Levi. These are a trio of anamorphic characters with creative additions from the mind of a teenager. Through online gaming, folks can cre- ate custom characters in imaginary worlds. After poring over several concepts and drawings of the wolf trios, our approach would be colorful and dramatic. We took the young person's original idea and, as we like to say, put some Graphic Elephants stank on it. COMIC CREATIONS We created a comic book splash page layout for the drama. A balance of foreground and background with appropriate proportions of the characters for depth was where we were headed. The dark and foreboding en- vironment made for the macabre theme. We began, as we do with so many of our projects, with pencil drawings and made each character separately. We put them together when we scanned them into Pho- toshop. There we edited them and played with scaling. Once dialed in, we inked areas between colors to help with definition in Adobe Il- lustrator for the clean lines needed to map out our black line utilizing the Pen Tool. The wire frame or paths that were created allowed us to apply fills or effects. After the path work was completed, we moved back to Photoshop for all the coloring and ef- fects. We also put a grungy border around The Story of Three Wolves SCREEN PRINTING From Software to Substrate Lo n W i n t e r s The anamorphic characters from the mind of a teenager were adapted for a T-shirt print and started off as a pencil sketch. (All images courtesy the author)

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