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Complete (for now): Louis CK London UK

3.1.13   Done

I'm calling it quits now -- I've really enjoyed the challenge and fun of doing something mostly for me (note to self, do more of this). I added a few more details which I'll show first.

New detail 1

Apparently, the British censors have really gotten involved.

New detail 2

Added some texture to the type to sublty suggest that psuedo-hammered metal you see on certain signs and nameplates. And about the type, I had a lot of cool ideas that I drew and considered, but ultimately I wanted the ideas and details in the illustration itself to be a bit over the top and I thought a simple treatment would be better. That said, I do love the symmetry in Louis and London and CK and UK (and it almost reads as another Louis joke with the "U CK" bits on the ends of the type sections.

New detail 3

Smeilivision. Added the wafting scent of cinnabons to tantalize King Louis.

Final. Ta-da.

A King deserves a little more fanfare. Oh well, it is only Louis...

Last thing, were I to screenprint this (which I might do one day) it would be a four color job (not CMYK) and I would pick a paper like French Pop Tone Whip Cream (an creamy off-white).

Thanks DKNG. Really enjoyed the class and I appreciate your openess about your process (have loved the Vimeos).

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2.28.13  Almost final.

Not everything is halftoned, but I'm pretty satisfied for now (and I need sleep). Here's where I'm stopping.

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2.26.13  King Louis, the jester who's a real card. Refining

I've started to add texture, color and detail. It's amazing how well an image of a pan full of hot cinnamon buns can be turned into a believable sumptuous brocade fabric fit for a king. Starting to add some "gems."

Careful Louis! It's bad luck to walk under a ladder! Mmmm, delicious Cina-buttons.

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2.25.13

Stayed up way too late, but I've got something with the King concept now. I still need to do a lot to it -- detail, texture, etc., but I really like this one. I think it will be fun to hide things in the details of his clothes. Also, may draw the upside down Louis as a Joker instead of a king. Type still to come, too.

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2.21.13  Refinement and further exploration

I still plan on finishing the LO2uis concept above, but I keep thinking about the "King Louis" concept and had an idea last night about combining the Henry VIII, Hans Holbein style portrait with a playing card King. So, now I'm researching playing cards.

A couple interesting card facts from Wikipedia which may lead to style ideas:

  • Printed woodcut decks appeared in the 15th century. The technique of printingwoodcuts to decorate fabric was transferred to printing on paper around 1400 in Christian Europe, very shortly after the first recorded manufacture of paper there, while in Islamic Spain it was much older. The earliest dated European woodcut is 1418.
  • Playing cards even competed with devotional images as the most common uses for woodcut in this period.
  • Most early woodcuts of all types were coloured after printing, either by hand or, from about 1450 onwards, stencils. These 15th-century playing cards were probably painted.
  • The United States introduced the joker into the deck. The stylings of the joker and its function are almost identical to the Fool from the original French Tarot deck, which had been removed in the transformation to the standard 52-card French deck.
  • Each suit of 13 cards represents the 13 months of the lunar year. 

    Similarly, the whole deck of 52 cards represents the 52 weeks of the year. Therefore, the whole deck is also equal to 364 days of the year (the positivist calendar) with the four suits corresponding to the four seasons.

I really have wanted to draw Louis in a more linear way -- especially his beard -- kind of stylized, drawing curvy hair shapes and that's what got me thinking about cards. 

I think a Cinnabon and who knows what else could show up in ornate symbolic doodling that cards often include. 

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2ND Draft -- I had time and am not sure of my time this week, so I decided to take the idea I liked best further than a sketch.

I still need to add texture, work on color, add details in the water, sky, etc. -- basically do a lot. But I think this is starting to work pretty well. Would love some feedback. Thanks!

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Intro

OK, he's not a musician, but I love Louis CK and London, so when I saw that he was going to appear at the O2, I bit.

Some of the concepts I've considered are:

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Louis as Mr. Potato Head. He kinda looks like Mr. Potato Head and he's so self-depracating, it just seemed like a natural.

2.

Louis as a Chairman Mao type figure (why, I don't know, but one of my doodles led me this direction). I think this idea would be really cool in a propoganda-ish kind of image, as he floats in the sky, Colossus-like above a London teeming with adoring fans, double-decker buses, monarchy, etc.

3.

Louis in a cereal bowl. Could either illustrate the Kix or Cheerios or Fruit Loops in the bowl of milk -- the cereal forming Louis' signature red hair, beard and eyebrows, or could use actual cereal to create the illustration. I like this idea a lot, but I think I'm going to go in another direction. 

4.

Louis as King Louis (a la King Henry VIII). I really think this one could be pretty iconic (and ironic). Picture Louis in typical ornate, renaissance garb, perhaps holding a turkey leg in one hand and a microphone in the other.

5.

Louis as the venue. This one is my favorite, I think. The O2 Arena is on the waterfront and is a really cool looking suspended dome kind of thing. See pic

The dome sitting right on the water's edge is just begging to become the top of Louis' "dome" and so much of Louis' content is dark, murky, often disgusting, always hilarious stuff that bubbles up from inside. So, the arena is the surface of his bald head and the rest of him is below the water with old WW2 mines, wreckage, sewage, fish, sea monsters, the London Underground, etc. appearing, too.

Also like the simple title for this one, as just LOUIS,  but the O would have a superscript 2 beside it to represent the arena. That title and maybe the date and it would be a nice commemorative poster.

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