If you’re a long-time reader of RMNB, you probably know my most-known Caps drawings are the “Unleash the Fury” Russian Machine signs I’ve been bringing to games since 2009. It’s been almost two years since I last updated my Fury sign so I decided over the summer that for the 2016-17 season, Mr. Russian Machine would get an upgrade.
My process for the new sign is a tad different from years past. I started as I always have: with a pencil sketch.
Mechanical things/robots are not my specialty, so I’ve always tried to improve Ovi’s robo-arm with each design. This year’s model is inspired a ton by Edward Elric (from the anime Fullmetal Alchemist), Imperator Furiosa, and Junkrat and McCree from the game Overwatch.
In the past, my signs have been 20×30, but I went just a little smaller, to 18×24, for convenience’s sake. The “Unleash the Fury” text was added in Photoshop before I printed the pencils with text out at the final size and used graphite paper to transfer the linework to the final board.
Winter is Coming. pic.twitter.com/YzMEbfXdIu
— Rachel L. BOOhen 🎃 (@kat326) September 6, 2016
After the lines are transferred, I do the first pass of inks with a .5 Micron pen. Then it’s time for the fun part: color!
Ovi is colored in with Copic markers. Little highlights and details (such as his beard) are added with colored pencils at the very end.
Current work setup: Trying to draw Fury & watch preseason hockey at the same time. :’) pic.twitter.com/FscZPwOriN
— Rachel L. BOOhen 🎃 (@kat326) October 3, 2016
This year, after adding the colors, I added an extra step: A second pass of inks. The linework is refined using a Pentel Pocket Brush pen. The ink in the brush pen smudges when marker goes on top of it, hence why I saved this part for last.
Here’s a shot of the poster before final inks…
Now Ovi is good to go! Here is a better shot of the final sign.
Look for the Russian Machine and me to be Unleashing Fury once again from our spot in section 104. Let’s go Caps!
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