Behind the Scenes: Creating new Halloween art!


When there's something strange this Halloween. Who you gonna call?

I've had this idea for a while to create some artwork that pays homage to to the 1980's spooky comedy film, Ghostbusters. I was focused on the classic quote, "When the light is green, the trap is clean" and knew that would be the focal point of the design. At first I was thinking of creating a full poster illustration but once I started sketching I realized the idea would be perfect for a T-Shirt.

I sketched out the initial idea during Live Drawing with Oktopolis on twitch 

Watch the video above to see the sketch drawn in real time!

The great thing about Twitch is I can chat with fans and subscribers while drawing and they can help steer the illustration and design. With the final sketch done it was time to think about creating the final illustration and typography.

Original sketch idea

I used Adobe Photoshop to create a clean digital illustration based on my original sketch. I showed a few of our Patreon members on our Discord channel and received some good feedback so I knew I was ready to make the final tweaks and color adjustments needed for the design to print well on a T-Shirt. I also started thinking I might want the design on a sticker too!

Initial concept was too busy, cleaned up and streamlined final with color is ready to go!

With the final design locked down I worked with the same T-Shirt company who makes my retro style NASA Apollo T-Shirts and we finalized the designs and colors.

This shirt features a ghost being captured with the iconic quote, "When the light is green, the trap is clean!" 

I was thrilled when the T-Shirt company suggested I try the artwork on their MAGIC MUGS. These are so freaking cool. The mug appears solid black until you add your favorite hot beverage and then the ghostly artwork appears!

This magic mug will definitely send the message, I Ain't Afraid of No Ghost!

For those who want to see the art all the time the company is also producing a regular mug

The artwork is always visible on this mug.

And finally I worked with the company who has made stickers for me in the past to create an awesome sticker version too!

Bust those ghosts and feel good with this spooky sticker!

I hope this sneak peek behind the scenes gives you a look into my creative process and how much fun I have involving collectors, fans, and subscribers in the design of some of my illustrations. 

Be safe out there this Halloween and remember, When the light is green, the trap is clean!

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