My first thought for the design was inspired by the concept of Incorruptibility. I was thinking of making an angel with warped wings. We decided it was not the right vibe, and went a completely different route.
Who is incorruptible? I really like how the devil prompted this question.
With the sketch approved, I began drawing and finally inking the design.
Boo was extra helpful with this one and he kept my lap warm through the chilly inking process.
His face was just how I had imagined and I was very pleased with how his hair curled like the ornamentation on a currency bill, but the bill itself...meh!
I had him digitized and tried this design, but we had lost all of the currency vibe and it was back to the drawing board.
I roughed out a sketch for a more direct interpretation of the concept and went back to work. Apparently, I have issues spelling "Belgian!"
Sometimes a sketch and the drawing are worlds apart! I was smitten with this dapper gentleman, but after some discussion, it was decided that it felt too much like a portrait and not enough like a bill. Plus, he was a little too creepy. A combo of the two would work, if only...
I love working with artist materials, like pencils and ink pens, but sometimes computers really save the day! I returned to the original design and drew out the rest of his head.
Then I inked some of the new design.
I was not thrilled with his dark, closely trimmed haircut, so I drew a sort of toupee to add to the drawing.
I also drew a few extra elements to add to the background. Some of these elements ended up being cropped out for the table toppers, but they are there if they ever want to do a poster or other items with the design.
Incorruptible was just tapped on April 3, 2014, but it will not be around for long. It is a serious spring delight! Grab one and see up close how the two designs came together!