About a year ago, I tackled my most ambitious painting to date, Firebird. I have always loved the basic design, and thought it would work well on a t-shirt (or as a tattoo!), but I was dubious of my ability to digitize my rough sketch into a clean graphic that would reproduce well.
I am happy to say that I have figured out how to use Photoshop’s pen tool, a nifty little device that lets you draw curved lines and (here’s the important part) adjust them until the curves are perfectly smooth and go exactly where you want them too. Thanks to the pen tool, I was able to get a nice crisp outline of my firebird, every curve in place. I then filled it with watercolor texture that I painted last week (the same I used in last week’s lettering post, in fact). It was, all in all, much easier than I could have hoped, and I’m looking forward to digitizing some of my other swirly sketches in the near future.
I’ve made this design available from my CafePress shop, in a few different styles, including some in black (and other dark colors). If there’s interest, I might add a few other items…Mugs? Mousepads? Wall Clocks? Dunno. Look for other designs coming up in the near future, too…I’ve got a great Phoenix sketch that will complement the Firebird nicely, a very simple peacock, and a few other things that I think will look cool on shirts. You know what they say…if you can’t find what you like, make it yourself. So that’s what I’m doing. Hopefully, some of you will like these too!