Completed in early 2019, this was my first ever full poster illustration. I learned an insurmountable amount doing this, as would be expected on my first foray into this particular type of art. That said I was surprised quite how much I learned from making this. Some of the biggest lessons I learned were what not to do when making a poster, specifically a large scale collage style piece. It was a very valuable experience.
Speaking of what not to do, the piece was made by hand drawing 18 individual illustrations for each of the characters in meticulous detail. My main tools were my trusty 0.5 Pentel Sharplet pencil which I've used for years, and a combination of various grey-toned ProMarkers. This was a very long way of doing things, as I'd be spending hours drawing characters where the majority of the drawing would be covered up or obscured in the finished piece. The benefit of this however was being able to make several separate art pieces that I could colour and sell as prints separately, and post to social media to generate interest for the poster. Essentially, I was making 18 character posters simultaniously in what would culminate in one larger group poster - it was a very ambitious project to start out with, but I'm very happy that I pushed myself to do it.
The poster comprised of 18 individual drawings across 16 sheets (Thor & Black Widow and Bucky & Falcon were drawn together, as you can see in the photo below). All were drawn on A4 Bristol board with the exception of Spider-Man, Thanos and Iron Man - which were drawn at A3 size. The reason for this difference is I started with the larger size, wanting to pack in more detail but quickly realised that this would take up a lot more time in an already lengthy process.
Here you can see all of the original ink drawings laid out.
A timelapse showing the drawing process
Below are the individual colour illustrations that I made during the process of creating the full poster: