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Stranger Things

Like most of you out there, I fell in love with the Netflix Original Series, Stranger Things. Shortly after binge watching the series for the second time, I decided to create a fun little illustration of one of the main characters. 

This fun little side project ended up leading to some really great opportunities including freelance work and being asked to join a Stranger Things Pop-Up show.

It just goes to show you how side projects can lead to some really fun and interesting things.

Check out the process below.


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One of my favorite characters in the series was the telepathic, short haired, Eggo waffle loving, Eleven. One night I started doing some doodling which led to me creating a fun little sketch of the character.

I decided to take it one step further and vectorize the sketch to post on dribbble.

After I created it I knew that I couldn't just leave it at that and went back to redo Eleven and create more.


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Everything always starts with sketches. At the beginning when I was first working on these characters I started with some of the kids in the show. Then I decided to make an even bigger piece and sketched up a good amount of characters, including:

  • Eleven
  • Mike
  • Will
  • Dustin
  • Lucas
  • Hopper
  • Joyce
  • The Demogorgon

 
 

After I finished all of the sketches for the characters I began working on the line work for them. These were actually some of the first illustrations I did in this style and I feel that they really helped me to develop and hone the style overall.

I used Retro Supply Co. vector brushes throughout the whole process of inking these illustrations.

You can hear all about the brushes that I use in both Illustrator & Photoshop and my brush review on my Youtube Channel.

 
 

This is just a small speed drawing of when I was working on the line work for the illustration of Sheriff Hooper.