Inked – 2011 Game 12 November 21, 2011

I started working on this season’s Ohio State wallpaper several months ago. The concept was more fun than anything I’ve worked on (other than the Denard Robinson Action Figures) and soon it grew into my most ambitious project to-date. Nothing even comes close with regard to the skills required to pull it off and the number of hours I’d require to finish it.

In case it’s not obvious to you already, this is not that wallpaper. Two things changed my mind about releasing it now: first, I realized that my concept had nothing to do with Ohio State and would work better as a pro-Michigan season theme; second, the memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal provided the first true opportunity to poke fun at Ohio State in nearly a decade.

As I write this explanation I’m reminded of the classic line by rock greats Tenacious D: “This is not The Greatest Song in the World, no. This is just a tribute.” Next August I’ll publish “The Greatest Wallpaper in the World” for the 2012 season to massive disappointment now that I’ve stupidly overhyped the thing to the five people who actually read these explanations. For now, I hope you’ll enjoy this artwork inspired by Ohio State’s fall (and Fall).

How it was made

The Riddell Revo Speed helmets were illustrated in Illustrator (they really nailed the naming of that product) and then superimposed on the forearm photograph in Photoshop. I used a dash of Gaussian blur, a mix of blending modes and a smidge of smudge tool action to make the color boundaries look more tattoo-ish. If you look closely you can see a little red around the edges of the tattoo that gives the skin the “I was at one time in the past punctured over and over by needles” look. I toyed with a much more elaborate tattoo that used a blackletter font (and went so far as to design an ambigram for the word “game”) but in the end I decided on simplicity; I used a type treatment consistent with this season’s Notre Dame and Michigan State wallpapers.

Michigan Football Wallpaper 2011 - Ohio State

Comments

  1. Next August! What a tease.
    Thanks for the great artwork for my desktop here in Columbus OH.

    Hoke Springs Eternal!

  • Looks great, but from my perspective I have to compliment you most on the vector helmets. Killed ‘em– if I had the time or money I’d love an entire set of the FBS worked up on that beautiful template.

    Well done as always my friend

  • @Six Zero: Thanks for taking the time to comment – a compliment from the vector-master is appreciated.

  • @Wolverines: You’re welcome. This should be a fun game week.

  • Well done, sir – I always love having a new hyper-fabulous wallpaper to put up!

  • Very well done. I’m trying to figure out how to get it on my iPhone right now.

  • As always, I am awed by your artwork.

    The only problem: when I see this on my desktop, I wish I could put some moisturizer on those dry elbows. Such a great image, It’s worth it.

    Go blue!

  • I seriously admire your work. I have been looking forward to this all season. Thank you very much for a job well done.

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