T-Shirt illustration I created as a tribute to one of the greatest films ever made: Dumb and Dumber. The piece is called “Dead and Deader,” and features Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carey) as decaying zombie corpses.
The t-shirt illustration was set up for silk-screening using 6 colors. It was a challenge to find the right color scheme for all these items (the iconic tuxedos, the worm farm, the Shaggin Wagon) with such limited color. But I’m very happy with how it turned out. I also recorded a speed-painting tutorial for my YouTube channel that I’m excited to share.
Check out this speed-painting tutorial video I created showing the entire illustration process:
Pencil drawing created in Manga Studio 5, using a variation of a pencil brush I purchased from the talented Jonathon Rector. Ray Frenden also makes fantastic pencil brushes that you should check out.
The design is now all inked and ready to color. Coloring is one of the least time-consuming parts of the process for me, but it adds the most to the illustration.
Here are a few detail shots of the illustration. I tried to cram as many Dumb and Dumber references that I could into the illustration. Here’s Petey, not looking so good.
I really enjoyed drawing the Shaggin Wagon – I hope they bring it back in the sequel.
And here is the final illustration! I’m very please with how it turned out. I created two versions: a full-color version, and a silk-screen version. The differences are subtle, but in the silk-screen version, I had to come up with creative ways to create a lot of depth and color using only six colors.