Cartoon and Illustrations
Custom Created Cartoons are works customised, or designed from scratch, specifically for our clients and their individual needs.
Artwork can be created in the following categories:
How it Works
Every job is different and Comic Express is very flexible in how we work to create your image. A basic series of steps take place with every job, and for your information here are our 9 step process:
To get an accurate quote please include the following (where possible):
- Is this for business or personal use?
- Is it for commercial or private use?
- Do you wish to own the copyright or use it for a one off usage?
- Do you want a colour. greyscale or black/white image?
- Do you have a specific style in mine? If you have a sample please attach it and send it with the quote enquiry?
- Is there a deadline in mind for this image to be delivered?
1. The Brief
Illustration for a fiction book. The subject was the experiences and life of a freelance musician. Illustration to be on the cover for submissions to the publisher. The client wanted the cartoon illustration based on a story out of book text. The style the client wanted was based on the famous musical cartoonist Hoffnung. See a sample of Hoffnung's work. The Client provided a book of Hoffnung's cartoons as a reference.
Several roughs (up to three) were created with differing poses and looks.
From these one was chosen by the client. Some small changes were made and approved before going on to the final pencilling stage.
Pencil tightened up once changes made. Client wanted more ants on the Cello.
Image inked in a loose style in line with Hoffnung style. Once the image was drawn detail was added.
The image was scanned and cleaned up.
The image is saved as a cmyk file for colouring. Brush, airbrush and pencil tool were used in Adobe Photoshop to achieve a water colour look.
1. The Brief
The initial brief from the client was they wanted to update an old logo for their Community Golf Club.
They wanted a modern look for the character, and have it prepared in a way to use for print, web and stitching on clothing.
Upon consulting the clothing business to do the work it was decided a vector image was best for this work
2. Sample Images
A sample image, found on google images, was provided to show the sort of style the client had in mind. This was clearly identified as a Vector style image.
Several roughs were created initially to recreate the original pose. One rough and an extra eye added in to make it look comic book like.
By having three quick images to compare the client quickly decided what they preferred and chose the one to use.
From the roughs provided one was chosen by the client. Some small changes were made adding feathers from another rough and adjusting the eyes a little. And so the approved rough was combining all the client liked in the roughs initially provided.
The flag and number were now added in as was in the original design. A few minor changes were made at this stage until the client felt it was looking how they liked. Because it was being stitched it needed to be as simple as possible regarding design and linework.
This was approved the pencil tightened up once changes made.
The approved rough as then scanned into Adobe Photoshop. And then opened in Adobe Illustrator to draw all the Vector Linework using a Brush tool.
Once done the client was provided the basic inked drawing to approve. Minor changes to the number on the flag and pole position before final approval was given.
Once the Inked version was approved the colours were added in. The original logo was opened in Adobe Illustrator and the colours were copied across to the new version to match what was already in use. And this also keep the image recognisable by the members and public.
Minor changes were made to lighten, and clean up, some colours as guided by the client.
A final range of files for web, print and clothing stitching use were provided for the client in black/white, greyscale and colour.
1. The Brief
An advertising agency wished to have a cartoon 'Spot the Difference' created for one of their clients. It was to be used for a billboard. The client gave a written brief including a mock-up of what they had in mind. The written brief included sizing they required for the final images.
The finished work was needed within days and the deadline was easily met.
The job scenario for the work was: that if you have enough time to do the puzzle on the billboard, then you must be stuck in traffic and should be using the train instead of driving a car.
Three 'Spot the Difference' cartoons were created and roughed out. They were scanned and the differences were indicated on the rough for the clients to see rather the repeating the image twice to show differences. Our client showed their client and the jogger cartoon was chosen.
A tight rough was created and sent for final approval before inking. This was close to the final image and style the client asked for. See the sample below of pencilled image.
Once the pencilled image was approved it was then inked with pen and ink on a light box. It was scanned into the computer and assembled in Adobe Photoshop. It was then cleaned up and the line work tightened using a Wacom tablet. This image was to be the first picture out of the two for the puzzle.
The second image was created using a Wacom drawing tablet removing and adding changes to a copy of the original cartoon in order to create the image with differences.
The two images were printed and then checked by a few people. The images were burned to CD and dropped into the client's offices with the final invoice. The client was followed up the next day to make sure they got it and were happy with it. They were very happy with it and how the whole project finally turned out. Check out the final two images side by side below.