Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Sketch to Finish: Subway Nap Helmet

Here's a look at a piece that I just wrapped up for an upcoming issue of YRB Magazine. I've been swamped with work and all the crap that goes along with moving, but I had to take the three illustration jobs they offered me. I only wish I had more time to make each one perfect, but they were wrapping up the issue and contacted me last minute. This one is for a blurb about the "Subway Nap Helmet". It's basically a helmet attached to a suction cup so you can snooze on the subway without leaning on a stranger. You can learn more about it on the TechEBlog. Anyway, below is the marker sketch and then the final vector art. Enjoy!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Brian,
that looks really great, did you do the cleanup digitally or with a black marker! I'm still fascinated about how perfect your vector art looks like.

Good job,

Brian Romero said...

The first image was done in pencil really rough and then quickly inked with a Paper Mate marker. The key to the vector art is using a Wacom and creating some simple custom brushes in Adobe Illustrator. It's really sped up my process a lot.

Pedro Vargas said...

Hey, Brian! Happy New Year to you too! Super sweet drawing, man! And congrats on finding a place in LA! There's a fair chance I might head over there around March! I like the big guy in the corner with his head all stretched out and the lady's face looks real cool.

My drawings are coming real soon! Most likely in the weekend. I've been crazy busy with school work so I haven't gotten the time to put stuff up. But don't wait too long cause they're comin' real soon!

Brian Romero said...

Thanks Pedro. Gimme a heads up on your trip to LA. We gotta hang out!

Pedro Vargas said...

Absolutely man! We totally need to hang out.

Ryan G. said...

Nice work Brian!

Proffessorone@yahoo.com said...

I could sell that device all over nyc and make a fortune. Great cartoon!!!!!!!!!! Did you ever finish the golf scenes? Please publish so we can ooh and ahhh!

david gemmill said...

hey, nice! my favorite part is the girls expression. nice colors too.

Brian Romero said...

Thanks David. I liked drawing her the best and I suppose that came through. Deadlines on the three pieces kept me from doing too many attempts at each character.

Mad Taylor said...

gotta love the last minute contacts! You pulled this one off real well, good stuff.

ALBERT PARDO said...

---REAL FUNNY STUFF, BUT WHY DID YOU CHANGE THE STOP FROM UNION SQ. to SMITH ST.???

---HOPE YOU POST THE OTHER 2 WHEN U FINISH...

Brian Romero said...

I changed it from Union Sq to Smith St because it was easier to read in the final piece. Plus I wanted to give a shout out to my peeps in Brooklyn!

mdouglas said...

Hey Brian, I saw your clean up of that John K drawing. Very well done. I used to trace my drawings in illustrator with the pen tool trying to imitate the line weight. Then I started using my Wacom the same way you do. I love it. I used to spend a day tracing, now I spend a couple of hours. I hate to say it, but I don't think i'll ever go back to traditional ink. Good stuff!

:: smo :: said...

ahh, the wonders of the F train!

great stuff man!