To create this poster board master piece, I free-handed the hat, head, hair and shoulders in pencil. It is plainly obvious that I free-handed the lettering as well. Then I painted it all in.
The parts I am most proud of is the torn edges and the bullet holes. To make the torn edges, I simply tore the edges, being careful that there were more layers peeled off than actual chunks taken out. Then I did the painting. The yellow was first. I added water to yellow paint and created a wash. I covered that whole poster board in it. Once dry, I took undiluted yellow paint and roughly went over the torn part to give it “depth”.
The bullet holes are more serendipity than skill. I happened to drip black paint while doing the lettering. When I tried to wipe it up, it smeared. Then I tried to touch that up with more yellow paint. And it looked terrible. Then inspiration struck! If I put more black paint in the center and then brush it while it was still wet, I’d create sunburst effect that looked like bullet holes (those holes are near the R in REWARD). I liked it and so I created the others for balance.
My Dad was an artist. I can toss around those artsy-fartsy words (wash, depth, balance) with some proficiency. Thanks Dad!