James White, the one-man powerhouse behind Signalnoise design studio, gives us a peek at one of his projects: illustrating the wrestlers of the WWE in its heyday in the eighties and early nineties.
(rock music) - One of my recent projects that I've taken on has been illustrating WWE wrestlers. Being a kid and being into the WWE back then it was just big guys with gimmicks. When I was designing these little characters I wanted to play up their gimmicks. If I use a blue lead with a pencil, sketch everything in, outline everything, do all my blacks. This is the standard template model that I've been using for most of my wrestlers up until this point.
What I do is I put in every Bezier point by hand until I eventually start building what the hat will look like, what the tie will look like, and everything. In Illustrator vectors are very flat, they're very two-dimensional. Photoshop is where I put all of my texture, all of my brushwork, all of my lighting, and all of my shading.