After making a sketch on the photoshoppe I print it out onto acetate and use my overhead projector to scale it up to the size I want. The projector is another of my favorite tools; I lucked out to have one that has a bulb that staples still sells.
Some people may say, "Hey you're just tracing... if you were a real artist, you would like, freehand draw that, cause like, anybod-" and I tell them to shut up and that they don't know what they're talking about. Tracing is faster and achieves the same results. I went to art school.
trace freehand draw the image, I usually do it in several pieces (two in this painting).
One reason is that the paper is only so big and I can fit the whole thing, and the other is that you can achieve different relief effects of awesome when you mount the paper to the backing board. So that certain parts of the painting have a literal depth in addition to any illusionistic depth I may (or may not) add.
After the image is all
traced freehand drawn, I cut it out to the final shape, so that I can freehand draw trace the outline onto the backing board which then has to be cut out before the image is mounted.
Here's the raw image all cut out and stuff. As you can see it lacks paint and depth. I will remedy this soon. Smel u l8r. lul.