I was commissioned by Tatami Fightwear to create a sequel to the first Dragon Fly rashguard I designed back in 2012. The new version is available now from the Tatami website.
My digital drawing and painting skills have improved since 2012 so I wanted to use this opportunity to improve on the 2012 version with finer details and better composition while still honouring the first version.
Here's how I did it:
Contrary to logic, I started on the back design before I attempted the front design. The reason being was that I wanted to start things by referencing the original dragon fly artwork.
|1. Very basic pencil sketch|
|2. Inking over the pencil lines|
|3. Playing around with transparencies and colour|
|4. Final version, coloured in an ukiyo-e style|
The last version featured a simple graphic so for the new version, I wanted to add more visual drama. The samurai mask and helmet seemed like an obvious choice, especially when you consider that a lot of samurai helmets were very ornately decorated.
|1. Pencil sketch, I wanted lots of detail in the final picture|
|2. Inked version|
|3. Final product|