Ultraist Studios Blog Journal thoughts, musings and other rambling…

March 10, 2008

The Making of a Movie Prop

Filed under: Colour,Sketches,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 1:01 pm

Last October when Hawley Anderson contacted us on behalf of Dimension Films for comics, product, and signage to use in the upcoming feature film called SUPER HERO, I got the idea to create a life sized cut-out of SPY GUY.

The following documents the “creative process”.

Originally I was going to use existing artwork (due to time constraints) however there wasn’t anything in existence that matched what I envisioned in my head – so it was back to the drawing board. In a last minute rush, I hacked out this sharpie sketch.


I’ve started using sharpie markers to force myself to commit to a gesture rather than endlessly chicken scratching with pencil.

Next I used the Dave Sim tracing paper method to pull an actual drawing out of my sharpie sketch. I find that drawing on the mirror image helps to quickly tighten up the drawing, and then enables an easy transfer to the S-172 Bainbridge.

Once the pencils are transfered, the inking process begins, using primarily a Hunt 102 nib and a Windsor Newton #2 (not to mention some form of white out).

At this point I scan the artwork into the computer, and in this case I realized that I had drawn SPY GUY’s head too small. D’oh! For a moment I thought about redrawing the whole thing, however instead opted to just scale the thing in Photoshop.

Then I added some colour (doing my best to ape the Anime cell animation style) and voila! I had a final image.

This was then sent off to the fine folks at The Lot to be turned into a life sized cut out. Here is the final product!

Photo by Anika Kitchen

Look for it in the background of the SUPER HERO movie coming soon to a theater near you!


  1. Last night I was rereading the Spy Guy Mini’s I picked up from you last year … I’m looking forward to more goodness from you.

    Comment by gdaybloke — March 22, 2008 @ 6:27 am

  2. And I’m looking forward to providing you more goodness!

    My mind has been exploding lately with SPY GUY concepts, and world events lately have given me a whole other “onion” layer to add into the next SPY GUY story arch starting with SPY GUY #1.  I keep getting more and more excited to get this next issue out.  If only I could work on this stuff full time…

    … one day.

    Comment by M Kitchen — March 23, 2008 @ 10:18 am

  3. Nice.

    Comment by Blair kitchen — March 23, 2008 @ 9:25 pm

  4. Sweeeeeeeeet

    Comment by gdaybloke — March 30, 2008 @ 7:52 am

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