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.
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.
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.
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.