Making the Rocky Horror Poster
Patience and a steady hand are key to this phase! Inking can be time-consuming (and a little brain-numbing), so I chose to listen to the Rocky Horror Soundtrack on repeat to keep my motivation up.
I really, truly believe any pen can make great art, but if you're into inking and want to treat yourself, consider investing in a set of archival pens. I love my Microns! They come with multiple nib sizes, don't bleed through the page, and hold up really well against both time, and water -- which makes the next step (painting) a whole lot less stressful!
Here's the inked page! NOW it's starting to look like a poster. I had a ton of fun with the coffin and "Rocky Horror" text. See all those dots in the background? They might have driven me a little crazy ... but I think it was worth it for the final texture!
Time to break out the teeny-tiny paintbrushes! I like to avoid black paint on my inked pieces, so I darkened any shadows with blue and brown. I'm super happy with the finished piece;
Giving it that last POP of colour really makes the art come alive, don't you agree? I chose my palette for this poster based on horror-flick movie posters and old sci-fi novels. I was really tempted to add the lime green (horror movie artists are really fond of lime green!) but I decided to use yellow instead. What do you think? Good call?
... and that's it!**
** Celebratory Time Warp Optional
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