Tips & Tricks with JPJ: Hyper Detail

Tuesday June 16, 2015

Whats up guys this is JPJ, today we're doing tips and tricks on how to do some really.....detailed...shit. 

Today I'm doing the Chicago theater sign. Which has tons of crazy detail.  Something this detailed I focus on the outline first.  Get the sharp important detail out of the way, like shaping and outlining all of the little bulbs. Here what I tend to do with a lot of repetition, like the repetitive patterns on this piece, I focus on these light bulbs, I think about the cylinder shape or half circles, it creates the contrast that you need, and I'm using the liner because of all the tight detail.

The perspective of the piece is viewed from the bottom, as you can see the bottom is wider the top is smaller.  I'm keeping that in mind since I cant get that much crip detail out of the stencil, keeping the distance and pattern consistent as I'm going up in the same direction.

After I'm done with that I go into what I call blocking in shapes.  I use my mag to do broader strokes and shade over the sharp detail that I've done already.  Different areas that are going to maintain the same shade, light shade, medium shade, the dark shade, thats what I'm doing here, underneath where its dark , the whole area itself, I go over it with the corresponding shade. Since I've taken the time to do all of the detail its easy to go over it all with shade and block in the shapes.  So you wanna use the wider mag to get through most of the detail at a quicker pace, so its kinda like thinking about paint brushes, so the wider ones you can do broad strokes, thinner ones you can get the details, tight circles or whatever you have to do.  

I go back in when you're about 3/4 done, and I do whats called a final sweep.  I spend that extra time going through the piece refining the details, making sure the shading is smooth and all the general shapes are the proper shade that I want them in. Anything thats solid black you wanna go back in because after you've been working for a while the ink settles in and the ink on the top surface wipes off. So I like to add any contrast that I've lost.