If there was ever an illustration with my name on it, it was this one I did for the Riverfront Times talking about this upcoming event at the St. Louis History Museum. James Eads + Ulysses S. Grant + Civil War Ironclad battleships = LET'S GO!!!
Rough Sketch (to scale):Vector Layout and Palette:Tighter Color Sketch:Ink Drawing:Final Vector Art (the finished illustration with some photoshop voodoo sprinkled on top is at the top of this post):BONUS BLOG INFORMATION: If the synchronicity of this job isnt' staggering enough -- I've drawn an entire comic book about Civil War ironclads, and am working on a print commemorating James Eads -- get a load of this: When I first got the job I was telling my lovely fiancée Jenny about the staggering synchronicity. Meanwhile, Judge Mathis was on the TV set in my studio (important process note: I usually am watching a daytime television judge whilst drawing during the daytime). When they cut to the defendant dude who owed his ex-girlfriend money from an unpaid loan, his name flashed on the screen and it was ... JAMES EADS.
BONUS BLOG INFORMATION II:
Don't let the smooth-as-silk process sequence presented in this blog post fool you. I do lots more sketches, starts and stops, etc. For a while I was gonna have Eads and Grant be childhood pals playing with ironclads and a toy version of the Eads bridge in the tub: