Participating in Troy Cloth and Paper's Troy Night Out Print Off! was such a great experience. About six months ago I had done a design in a similar style for a client that didn't end up going live. I had so much fun with this hand done illustration, which is much different than my typical work, that I knew I wanted to expand on it.
I contacted Troy Cloth and Paper (whose prints I've always admired) and asked if I could participate. They were really excited about the idea, since the theme of the month was history - and the evening was the celebrate Troy's Bicentennial of being a city! My original Albany 'sketch' fit right in with the theme.
I started with some research (thanks Wikipedia!) and did some loose pencil sketches of the 'events' I wanted to feature in the poster. From there I broke out the marker paper and my favorite Pigma pen (s/o to the 1mm - my favorite for this type of work) and start redrawing the sketches and trying to fit them into each other. I learn so much about Troy's history through this project!
From there, I brought the art to the computer so I could do more fine tweaking and redrawing parts if need be. Color for me always comes last - we ended up going with a kraft paper with red ink (very patriotic and has a vintage, handmade vibe) and a black paper with white ink (fun!).
It was awesome to see my art being pulled in person. If you are interested in having a little piece of Troy history for yourself - check them out here. Thanks again to Troy Cloth and Paper for this opportunity to try something new.