ajushi  (ah-juh-shee) – n. a polite term of referring to an older male stranger equivalent to mister or sir
-SLANG sometimes used in an endearing or sarcastic way with an older friend to tease them about their age
-ORIGIN Korean

A friend of mine was hosting a New Year’s Eve party and I had decided to make him a whiskey bottle label.  He had just made his own bourbon in an oak mini-barrel that he soaked in port wine.

My friend is a bit of a class clown-type and so I decided to change up my drawing style and go for a light-hearted cartoon that bordered on a caricature.

Here is the progression of the earlier sketches.  I knew that I would be inking this so I didn’t bother with trying to keep the lines clean at first and concentrated more on the gesture and the facial expression.

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I decided not to go full caricature and instead opt for more of a newspaper editorial cartoon style.  My friend is also a big fan of politics and a news junkie so I figured that style would fit his personal taste as well.  It was important to make sure that I didn’t make the final look too manga-ish and so I had to be careful not to make him look too much like a little kid.

You can’t see the change as well through the progression of the sketches but in the split screen below on the initial sketch to the final inked illustration I think it comes out in a subtle way.

Drag the slider bar left and right to see the differences between the first sketch and the final illustration below.

And here is the final bottle label…

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