Occasionally, really fun little projects come along, and this was one of them. Matthew Stibbe from Turbine wanted a tshirt to celebrate their V9.1 release. The brief was to create something that showed the iconic smiling astronaut Gagarin in a Russian propaganda style and a similar feel to the Obama ‘Hope’ campaign image.
I traced a reference image with vector paths. It may be easy to create a ‘poster style’ image with auto-tracing filters in Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, but I find these never have as aesthetically-pleasing results as working by hand, picking out the shadows and highlights that make up the core of the image. This is the same technique I used for the illustrations for Power Of One.