Friday, September 16, 2011

Comic Book Art


Lately we have been working on the "Man Cave" and I decided to surprise my geeky comic book loving guys with some artwork.  For this one, I turned my son into a comic book character!  This effect can be used to blow up any image though so you can use this for any style of artwork.


Supplies:
foam board from dollar tree (in the school supplies section)
graphite transfer paper - we picked this up awhile back at JoAnn's for $2 with a coupon (reg $4) - you can usually find it over by the drawing and painting supplies
fat markers
ball point pen 

 

I found a picture of him that I thought would work well.  This one was an excited response to a Christmas present.  :)  I used Picmonkey and the Infared Film effect to turn it to stark black and white.  Then I cropped the image into four equal sized sections and printed each one as a full page picture.  Then pieced them back together to make one big picture.  For the "Pow" I used one of the speech bubbles on Picmonkey and used  the Badaboom BB font for the lettering. 

After measuring out about a 2 1/4" border I laid down my graphite paper within that border and taped the picture down on top of it.  Using a ball point pen I traced a basic outline.  The nice thing about the graphite transfer paper is that you can reuse it a bunch of times too.

   

After carefully peeling away the graphite paper, I was left with an outline of the picture and just colored it all in with markers. 

 

For the facial dots I laid down a sheet of graph paper and used an ultra fine point orange sharpie to make dots where the lines intersect.  I just held it there for a second and let it bleed through the paper and onto my poster.  If you don't have graph paper you could easily make your own using a spreadsheet. 

 

You could always do it without the dots but I really think it adds to the comic book effect.

 

Now we have a fun piece of pop art for the seating area of the "man cave".  :)

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15 comments:

Gail said...

I love the look. I wonder if you could use comic boo heroes in a boy's room. Spiderman says to clean up your toys!

Kyra @ RACKS and Mooby said...

Wow! That is amaze-ing!! So fabulous!!!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

This is SUPER ( get it...comics super...I crack myself up). Seriously, my son is an uber comic geek freak and this is such a cool idea.

Sourkraut said...

What a great idea! It turned out super cool.

Gwen@theboldabode said...

I LOVE it! It's a really fun piece!

Desperate Houselife said...

Awesome! My boyfriend is building a man cave as well, this is a great idea for something to put on the wall... hmmm, he's a huge sports fan...
=D

Samantha @ Little Painted Canvas said...

Awesome job! I love it!

Jamie said...

Awesome! Looks great!!

Please feel free to link your Comic Book Art up to my Make Yourself Monday blog hop! :o)

Jamie
For Love of Cupcakes

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

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GretchenP said...

umm... fyi: that is AMAZING! i can't believe you did that for a buck!! you are doing an amazing job with your blog! keep up the good work :)

Rosie Goins said...

Wow. You are really talented. This piece in amazing.

Gina @ MoneywiseMoms said...

This is incredible! You must have loads of patience because I imagine this took forever. :)

Rhissanna said...

This is amazing. And those orange dots? A real labour of love.

thegingerpennypincher said...

Well done! Comic book art is fun for coasters, too! I've used them for that purpose a couple of times.

Aritul said...

This is cool. I like this.