1911

Regarding the T-shirts I was selling through Florida TSR, LLC, my brother-in-law asked me if I could do a custom design featuring a 1911. I asked him, quite honestly, “What’s a 1911?” He then told me that it’s a type of pistol. So I said I’d find some images, and come up with some designs to present to him.

Using AutoSketch, I drafted over a suitable photo found online to create the right-side view; using other photos, drafting techniques and educated guesses, I drafted the other views I wanted.

This first one I call the “Puzzle Piece” design. It features the right-side view and the letters “USA” over an American flag background. I offset a border around the gun and letters which I then filled with white to create the space around the foreground elements. Note that all the linework for the gun remains.

1911: Puzzle Piece

1911: Puzzle Piece

By the way, the “USA” lettering in each of these drawings is not a font. I drafted the letters manually in AutoSketch.

The next idea features a variation on the traditional “three views” of typical drafted objects, with “flag-filled” USA lettering in the foreground. The front view is aligned vertically to the horizontal midpoint of the letters; the views are otherwise simply arranged in what seemed most visually pleasing to my eyes.

1911: Three Views

1911: Three Views

The final image, and the one my brother-in-law selected for his T-shirt, is this one I refer to simply as “Left and Right”. Naturally, a pistol in a photograph or drawing is oriented so that its barrel is horizontal. However, I wanted something different for this image, so I rotated the views so that the bases of the handgrips are horizontal, giving the image that bit of “flair” I wanted. The two gun views are centered on their upper handgrip bolts, and centered within the interior arc of the upper curve of the S. I then loaded the drawing into Paint Shop Pro (PSP), and filled the handgrips with light brown. Using PSP’s airbrush tool, I then added a woodgrain texture to the grips in dark brown, set to very low opacity. Subtle toning of gray in the body (more readily visible in the full-size T-shirt image) provides a metallic look.

1911: Left and Right

1911: Left and Right

After my brother-in-law chose his image and I sent him his T-shirt, I then made all three images available through Florida TSR, LLC.