This is my contribution to the ‘Creatures of Extinction’ show at The Critter Shed on August 3rd 2014. The call for submissions asked for art based on the theme of extinction, and I immediately remembered these crazy drawings I did as a freshman in college. There are about six pages of ballpoint pen scribbles in my sketchbook titled ‘1-19-08 Extinct Species.’ Credit for this particularly childish burst of creativity was due to certain imagination enhancing substances.

1 > final art
2 > pencil sketch
3 > rough ink
4 > duralar separation
5 > final ink
6 > original creature drawings, circa 2008

Based on the positive response of my Grand Budapest Hotel pattern, I’ve decided to continue with the back catalog of Wes Anderson films. I will do them in reverse chronological order, so Moonrise Kingdom is next.
Here’s a peek into my sketchbook, and the process I use to create the assets for the pattern. There are some tactical decisions such as separating the tires from the bike (visible from frame 4 to 5). You can also see how some ideas are altered or entirely nixed along the way (air-siren replaced by fishing net).
People usually wonder how long things like this take, so I am keeping track of my hours as I go. So far I’ve spent just over 10 hours, including watching the movie.

Based on the positive response of my Grand Budapest Hotel pattern, I’ve decided to continue with the back catalog of Wes Anderson films. I will do them in reverse chronological order, so Moonrise Kingdom is next.

Here’s a peek into my sketchbook, and the process I use to create the assets for the pattern. There are some tactical decisions such as separating the tires from the bike (visible from frame 4 to 5). You can also see how some ideas are altered or entirely nixed along the way (air-siren replaced by fishing net).

People usually wonder how long things like this take, so I am keeping track of my hours as I go. So far I’ve spent just over 10 hours, including watching the movie.

the first illustration in a new series featuring endearing moments from everyday life in Boulder, Colorado

I am currently working on series of labels for a line of cafe syrups. This is the custom alphabet I created for the project.

I am currently working on series of labels for a line of cafe syrups. This is the custom alphabet I created for the project.

 Budapest Hotel Pattern 

1-3 > artwork detail
4 > original artwork: the entire pattern was created from this spread
5 > full pattern, with just one horizontal repeat (each base unit of the pattern contains four variants of each image)
6 > color palette, derived from characters and scenes

This pattern was created solely from memory after I saw the film. I have found that when I don’t use source images for illustrations they tend to be more imaginative, which seemed fitting for the theatrical nature of this story.

If you look closely at the full pattern, you will find several interesting variations of the images which allowed me to weave parts of the narrative into the art itself.

train car #9: The Kids
My favorite kids from 2013 were Robby Novak [Kid President] with his priceless advice for America and Miles Skott [Batkid] who probably had the best Make a Wish event in history.

train car #9: The Kids

My favorite kids from 2013 were Robby Novak [Kid President] with his priceless advice for America and Miles Skott [Batkid] who probably had the best Make a Wish event in history.

train car #8: Kate Middleton & Kate Upton
this clip used 48 frames, about twice as many as any previous one. I’m trying to offset the internal frame cycles as much as possible to make the motion a bit more organic. 
The castle is Windsor Castle and the iceberg is from Kate Upton’s Sports Illustrated cover shoot.

train car #8: Kate Middleton & Kate Upton

this clip used 48 frames, about twice as many as any previous one. I’m trying to offset the internal frame cycles as much as possible to make the motion a bit more organic. 

The castle is Windsor Castle and the iceberg is from Kate Upton’s Sports Illustrated cover shoot.

train car #7: The Harlem Shake
— trying to get this project back on track —

train car #7: The Harlem Shake

— trying to get this project back on track —

Dan Lehman | freelance designer and illustrator | Boulder CO