I didn't initially intend to make one of these this year, but since it seems it's now a thing for everyone else to try to make them, I might as well at least offer up "the original" for those with taste :)
Actually don't hate this. Or hate myself for doing it. Since I actually have a working relationship with the Penguins, I wouldn't consider using a part of their graphic identity in a for-profit design. Buuuut, since it's the Caps... fair game?
perspective + anatomy study
Gameday sketch for February 11, 2018
Gameday sketch from February 6th, 2018
Heh, Sorry for a lack of progress updates this one. For this year's design, I opted to use a lot more color outlines for some of the interior details. Lips, patches, eyes, and jersey stitching outlines were all treated with color. That simple tweak really makes this one stand out from previous years.
I always underestimate how long the goalie takes to render.
One down, 24 to go. Prints and maybe shirts should be available before Christmas.
Because of an issue with an order of shipping supplies going missing, I had a couple extra days to work on this. I decided to shift the back row to make room for Dupuis and the cup.
Archer deadlines this week caused me to lose a few hours of work on the print image. I should be able to finish illustration tomorrow evening.
I also had an issue with mailing supplies - 2 crates of shipping tubes and a box of stay-flat mailers were shipped and marked as delivered but never arrived. I am suppose to get a call Monday regarding what ULINE can do for me. As of now, our ship date looks to now be on target for Wednesday December 14th. Items will be shipped 2 day priority.
Crosby and Sheary are donezo. Letang is on deck.
I should have the final art ready for this year's holiday print ready to start shipping on December 10th. You will be able to preorder this print starting Monday, November 28. This print will be available in two sizes - 11"x17" and 22"x17". The 22"x17" will be a numbered edition limited to 50 copies.
Print illustration progress will be posted here and various social media spots.
In addition to the print, there will be limited quantities of stickers in the following designs:
Completed while listening to the Bengals/Steelers Wildcard game 01/09/2016.
A handful of new limited edition prints go on sale this Friday (12/04). Prints this year will include single player designs for a number of players as well as a full team image(based on the current roster listing on the Penguins website. Each illustration will come in 4 jersey styles - home, away, 3rd Jersey black and 3rd jersey white. Each print design will be limited to 100 prints or less and will not be reprinted. All orders made no later than 12/18 should arrive in time for 12/25.
Also trying something different for the background this year. Here's a gif of Sidney Crosby showing off the new background as well as the jersey designs:
There are also still a few older print designs available in very limited quantities. Don't forget to head over to the shop on FRIDAY to see all the new stuff!
UPDATE: We has some trouble with equipment this weekend and need to delay new prints until Friday. Our trusty Epson R2880 has finally died after 6 solid years of service. On the bright size, the new printer, an Epson SureColor P800, has a maximum print size of 17" wide so this years prints will be run on 17"x22" paper. Along with the printer, I needed to return the other unused supplies for stuff that will work with the new equipment. Apologies for the delay... hang tight, we'll be right back!
On the fall nights when the clocks turn back an hour, buckle-up a tall boy of Busch into the passenger seat of your car. If you're lucky, Jimmy Vader will pay you a visit.
Starting to pull together images for some new prints. Really need to pick up the pace on these.