F&W Media Cincinnati, Ohio

Fingerprint No. 2 by Chen Design Associates, pp. 96/97, HOW Books — 9.25 x 10.25 in. (23.5 x 26 cm)

Josh Chen was kind enough to devote a chapter of his second FINGERPRINT book to my work. He asked me if I’d illustrate a divider spread that would lead into my section. How could I possibly say no?

I did the whole thing in pencil to show that I wasn’t cheating in Photoshop. I spent days calibrating the file so it would look like somebody had actually drawn straight into the book. The original looked so great, but I couldn’t get it right in print. Graphite on paper has such a wonderful tarnished silver sheen, and it just wouldn’t come across. This is been an obsession of mine that also found expression in the 826 Spelling Bee poster and the 344 Loves You card.

In the end, I decided to go another way and put a giant wash of red over everything, as if I was looking at the drawing in Photoshop’s quick mask mode. That looked pretty cool, too. It’s certainly not difficult finding my part of the book now.


Lots of little things going on here, as always. Having the 3D extrusions go every which way is always fun, and somehow having the erased parts of the Monster’s hair still visible is nice, too. Though this shows you how much better they work with blown ink.



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