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WWII Cap Propaganda Poster by jtchan WWII Cap Propaganda Poster by jtchan
A few weeks ago, I bought a copy of ULTIMATES #1 out of my comic shop's bargain bin. I already own a copy of it in single issue form as well as in tradepaperback, but I just couldn't pass up having another reading copy around. I still remember what it was like when I read that issue for the first time and being floored by Bryan Hitch's work. Plus, I love the design for the World War II Captain America. I felt like I had to do a tribute piece of some sort.

I decided to make a World War II propaganda poster. I felt that if Cap really was alive at that time, his image would be used to help boost morale to the troops on the frontline as well as the people back home. I drew him looking happy and confident -- proud that he was in the fight. But I also wanted to dirty him up some to convey that the fight was time-consuming it wouldn't be easy.

I looked at some examples of the poster art of the time for design inspiration. I did my best to reflect the simple and graphic nature of the period. Lastly, I mixed in a few textures to give it an aged look.

*(addendum 6/9/10) Edited the texture a bit and gave it more of an aged feel. I like it much better now.

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[11"x17"] Col-Erase Pencil -> Micron Pens -> Photoshop (for coloring) -> InDesign (for the lettering) -> Photoshop (for texture and adjustments)
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:iconmechatrav:
MechaTrav Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This would make an awesome background. Excellent work!
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:iconjtchan:
jtchan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you!
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theLUsir Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
propaganda or encouragement...either way, kudos!
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:iconjtchan:
jtchan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you!
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Heck yeah! Buy war bonds! :dummy:
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:iconjtchan:
jtchan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAA!! Glad you dig it!
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Keep up the great work! ;)
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:iconjtchan:
jtchan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks! I'll do my best. :-)
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paco850 Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
Hey man, great drawing. The pose and the expression feel really authentic. I think it would help to make the poster feel more authentic and aged if you brought those textures from the paper into cap and the red and blue bars as well. as well. He feels a little too plastic, like he's a separate element sitting on top of the poster paper. You can do that by adjusting your transparency a bit or maybe using the multiply function on your layers pallette. Check out how I did something similar here. [link]
Ink would be somewhat transparent and it would allow the characterisitics of the paper it was printed on to come through. Great piece Bro, Good to see you showing up in my Watch.
later pal.
jw
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paco850 Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
Yeah I can see it better now.
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