Thursday 17 May 2012
Here's how I designed the bat artwork:
Morcegão is the nickname of a BJJ friend of mine. He explained he was given the name by an instructor when he was training in Brazil. It translates to Big Bat.
The sketchbook scan above shows my initial doodles on the design. I wanted a manic evil grin. Unusually for me, I felt I nailed that expression first time round, so I pretty much kept it as it was first drawn.
Step 2: place the bat over the front portion of the garment (given to me by Masaru), play with gradients and colours.
Step 4:Add a flock of bats to the background.
For the back panel, I just replicated the front design but cropped in tighter to the design and masked out the unused elements. I then designed some logos and bat shapes to complete the design.
Masaru took roughly a week to print and stitch the garment together. I'm pretty happy with the way it printed out. The black to dark blue gradient worked out nice but the grey tones of the bat body are a bit too warm for my liking. Not a major problem as it still works with the overall design nicely.
I will review the actual product and service over on my main Meerkatsu blog in a bit. For now, here's a goofy pic of me wearing the rashguard.