So this is a tee design I did for America’s Most Wanted Comics & Collectibles, located on Market Street in South Williamsport, PA. Joseph Figured, the owner, was looking for something to put on a promotional T-shirt in time for Free Comic Book Day this past May of 2014. Joe wanted something that looked like a “WANTED” poster, in theme with the name of the shop.
I immediately visualized an old western-style “WANTED” poster, but I didn’t know for sure what sort of character to put on it, initially considering just a generic comic book hero or villain of sorts. But after some brainstorming, I decided to feature some of the merchandise the shop actually sells, basing the character off Pop! vinyls, a popular collectible series of bobble-head figures.
Below is an image I pulled off of the AMW website, followed by two “WANTED” posters that I found online for visual reference. They are exactly the look I wanted.
I…decided to use Clint Eastwood, from The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly, also for visual reference in creating my “wanted” bobble-head…
I created the design entirely in Photoshop, and started by doing some sketches…
Sketch 1, though I really liked it, was looking a bit too Clint-y, so I fixed that, and developed a pretty solid character by Sketch 3. I’d created some shapes to help get a nice, symmetrical head & eyes.
Below is my finished drawing, based on the final sketch above (Sketch 3) above, along with added text. I downloaded a font called “Cowboy” for this.
I took this completed drawing with text, changed the color to a greyed umber and, using the two tones I already had in the image, threw on some quickly painted spatters, fading, and wrinkles to simulate wear and weathering.
And that’s it! I then re-scaled things a bit and added the store address to the bottom of the image. Below are the finished design in Photoshop as well as a photo of the printed tee now sold in-store!