Hello! If you are here I am assuming you are a friend or came from the "CRWBY gets a crazy gift" video.
I thought I'd talk a little bit about the process (look under the hood, if you will) I went through to accomplish it.
To make some things clear: the original art on the hoodies is by RJ Palmer, an incredible illustrator. I can illustrate things myself but I did not come up with this art, but I was the one who applied it.
There ended up being a massive time crunch and to do work like this from scratch would have been easily 5-10 days of work for me, plus the time it takes for the clear to set. Due to extenuating circumstance, we had 3 days. Marcus was really concerned about having the time to make the art truly faithful to the original and to make sure it was something worth giving to the CRWBY for all their hard and awesome work.
While I knew I could recreate the design myself, we decided on putting an undersketch on the hood that I could paint over so there wasn't any guesswork or having to correct proportions. A lot of airbrush artists do this sort of thing for mainly portraits that need to be done quick or replicated many times. Sometimes we will use a projector to project the photo (or art) onto the canvas so we can sketch it out without having to eyeball making something tiny 40x bigger. Sometimes it'll be lightly printed onto the canvas. It's a bit like a tattoo artist not totally eyeballing a design a client brings in if they can help it.
Everything your eye sees is my paint in the end, and everyone was super pleased with the end result. I couldn't be much happier with how it came together. It was such a cool project. Hopefully we can do something like this from scratch one day and we can have a timelapse of me painting it and some more BTS stuff!