Wings of Freedom

Part of my travel poster “Destinations” series, this piece was created just for the fun of it. The piece features a motorcyclist standing in front of his motorcycle. The background features the mountains of Colorado with an eagle soaring in the sky. If one looks closely, the clouds in the sky on the left form the shape of a skull. This poster is actually a self portrait and features my motorcycle, a 2001 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy.

I call this the “travel poster” look which is a simplistic graphic illustration style but with more gradations than the old world travel posters from the 1930’s and 40’s. The process: I first create rough sketches. Then I tighten up each part as a pencil sketch and scan the drawing into the computer. I then use this scan as an underlay importing it into Adobe Illustrator. Each part of the image is created as a shape and eventually I fill the shapes in with color. After the color palette is established, I then create simple gradations to allow the image to have some depth. This piece has been printed as a giclee on watercolor paper.