I am often called upon to produce artwork for the header cards that we use to package the figures we make. I love to do them but in the case of this example, I had to paint them in about a day. I can do it and after 13 years of being a freelance illustrator the ability to crank out a piece of art is something I can do. These particular pieces would be used for our Micro Kaiju line of figures .. the header cards being 3.5 x 2 inches in final printed size.Given the final reproduction size and the time frame, I did the originals small too … 4 x 7 inches.
Going for the old school header card style I used my Maemura art book to look at Bullmark packaging art … if you find this book, I highly recommend it..however it is out of print.
In any case, Yo-san asked that Captain Maxx fight Negora, and Lady Maxx fight Eyezon.
Below the final pencils … I rarely do thumbnails or sketches anymore..simply no time.. so i draw right on the board or this case the bristol paper.Using acrylics, I start to block in the colors..if I had more time I would have cut out all the figures and airbrushed the back ground.. but again, I had a very tight deadline so did my best at painting around everything … not the usual way i paint …
after blocking in colors , above , i start to refine various areas …below …I know I can paint away forever, but have to pull back a bit .. also keeping in mind that these will be very small in the final printed form…
Above, almost done ! I could keep going but I’m happy with the over all look and these should work for what we need them for. At this point I scanned them and used Photoshop to place the type over them and emailed them off to get printed … all 500 of them ;-P
So there you go, the next time you order a Micro Kaiju Eyezon or Micro Kaiju Negora you’ll see these stapled to the tops of the bags and know that I painted them in record time ! 😉