Because my brother is an artist and we just bought a new guitar, we decided to draw and document the process using stop motion. Brady used a couple cheap Chinese markers he found at a nearby shop and began the process of tediously drawing all over the surface of the guitar. It should be noted the entire design was improvised from start to finish and very little retouching was necessary. Brady has done this type of art twice before: once in black on a different acoustic guitar, and once on a bicycle helmet, also in black. This guitar marked the beginning of a new style. The combination of sunburst staining and red and black markers has created a stunning effect. The whole process took approximately one month or about 30 ~ 40 hours. Because he had done this type of design before, he knew certain areas would rub off due to the normal wear and tear a guitar receives from being played. The original idea was to leave these areas blank, but after we discovered that epoxy resin can be used successfully to protect many types of artwork, we decided to proceeded and finished the entire guitar. As I said before, it's truly an amazing effect. Within the next month, we may begin production of this type of guitar for sale. So, the question is: how much would you pay for a priceless, playable piece of unique artwork?
The production of the video was a learning experience. I used Photoshop CS5 to alter some of the images so that there would be less change in design per frame. I used Premiere Pro CS3 for the video and encoded it with the H.264 codec.