Here's a rundown of the steps involved in creating the large portraits.
Using various rulers, templates, french curves and some ballsy freehand work,
the basic frame(based on smaller sketches) is done with a fresh sharpie:
Here's a closeup of the framework:
Before rendering the large portions of black, the initial framework is given a little padding to make filling in a little easier:
III. Finished Linework
At this point, it's just a matter of staying within the lines. Adding the edging first allows the final Sharpie layer to go on in one direction giving the final piece a sharp clean look:
IV. Finishing Touches
Here the black gets a quick once-over with a Charpak marker to cover up any streaking.
The gold is applied freehand using a Prismacolor paint marker:
The photo doesn't really do the gold justice... it really glows when the light hits it.
This is how my week was spent and I couldn't be happier.