Primping For The Kill

This idea I actually had in a dream, just moments before I woke up one morning. I might have something to do with the fact that I just finished brushing my daughter’s hair the night before.. Who knows. Ask Freud.

Anyway, that morning I grabbed a scrap of paper and did a (literally) 3 second scribble/sketch so I wouldn’t forget the idea.

Later that day when I had a bit more time, I did this initial sketch.

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This let me figure out the angle and the slightly fisheye effect I had imagined.

From here, into the scanner and then line work in Illustrator. My first rendering had a strong basic face, but the curlers were not reading well to me. All the extra detail in the curlers and the hair wrapped around the curlers fell far too busy.


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After a bit of rethinking, I decided the curlers needed much less detail and much more stylizing.lion_in_Curlers


Ah, much better!

Finally a little clean up here and there plus some color to make the face pop. And we’re done!

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Now I just need to sell a few million shirts…



Also here is the entry for the One-Color Threadless Challenge if you’d like to cast your vote 🙂


Primping For The Kill, a cool t-shirt design

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