Octopus Coffee Cup Hand Drawn Pen illustration
I bought a coffee the other day, like i normally do everyday on my way to the studio in Shoreditch, I put the coffee cup down on the desk after finishing it, and thought nothing of it. I have been reading a Book, Choose Yourself written by James Altucher, and one of the things from the book was to write 10 ideas a day, which I have been doing since the start of the year, and one of the ideas I had was to create a drawing onto a coffee cup, while being in-between illustration projects, it was a good opportunity to use the the spare time to work on a this particular personal project of Drawing on to a Coffee cup.
The concept for the drawing came pretty easy, Coffee being a amazing warm drink which gives you a little buzz, but at the same time being a liquid, made me think of the sea, and from there the idea was to illustrated a mythical sea creature the Kracken, or a Monster Octopus, and the elements associated with the sea, as pirate ships, the Moon and the sun.
I sketched out the drawing on to the coffee cup as the examples of the photos above, and went over them with a fine liner Rotring pen to make them final, and this was the process to draw in pencil and pen a little at a time, to create the illustrated cup in stages.
Once the Octopus Coffee Cup Hand Drawing was completed, I thought it would make a nice animated gif, to showcase the whole of the drawing rotating in a short animated gif. I had some help from a studio friend Nathan Gallagher who works as a photographer which is handy. I set up the photo shoot of the Octopus Coffee Cup Hand Drawing, with lights and my Canon 6d slr camera, and composed the Octopus Coffee Cup Hand Drawing. I then took the shot, and rotated the coffee cup just a little bit each time to build up the frames for the animated gif video. In all their were 50 frames for the video. Once all the images were taken photo were uploaded in photoshop, and I made a video from it, which was a 5 second video, which you can see in the blog post above, a great little project which was alot of fun.