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
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.
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…