And the winner is…not me…but it’s all good!

Arcade OdysseyHive Illus WEB

In May 2015 I entered a competition to design the label for Chicago-based brewery Arcade Brewery’s next “Public Brew” – Odyssey Hive. This beer is an American Pale Ale brewed with Honey – so I wanted to do my a take on Homer’s Odyssey in which our patriot hero, lost at sea, is confronted by a swarm of giant bees out to steal his beloved booze – how dare they!!!

Unfortunately, mine was not selected; however, I had a great time creating this illustration, and I couldn’t have been more thankful for all the support and votes from my friends and family – that alone was worth it!

Technique-wise, I drew and inked the image freehand, scanned it, placed it within the specified template provided by Arcade Brewery, and colored it in Photoshop CS6.

Here’s the inked illustration just after I scanned it…

Odyssey Hive Inked WEB

Here’s the penciled image just after starting to ink…

Odyssey Hive Pencil WEB

And in it’s infancy…the initial concept mocked up in Photoshop…

Odyssey Hive Initial Concept WEB


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