9 Ink Splatter Textures Based on the Artwork of Ralph Steadman

December 02 , 2011

The Inspiration

Ralph Steadman, the Gonzo Artist, is one of my personal favorite illustrators/artists. He is probably best known for the illustrations he created for the work of the Gonzo Journalist himself, Hunter S. Thompson. Steadman’s work has such a raw energy to it that makes it impossible to ignore. His seemingly random ink blotches and kinetic lines were the main inspiration for this set of textures. I wanted to try and capture that raw energy and spontaneous creation. Here is a very brief sampling of his work:

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See more of his work on his official website.

The Textures

The method for creating these is very simple, and boatloads of fun. I would simply lay a piece of bristol board or watercolor paper on top of some newspaper, completely cover a brush in paint, and then use quick and staggered arm motions above the paper. I would also attack the paper in an angled downward motion and smack the brush head against to paper, which created the streak connected to a bigger splotch. After these were finished (and dried), I scanned them and then digitally combined them with some vintage paper textures to give them a little more attitude.

I hope you all enjoy using these as much as I enjoyed creating them. Do you like this style? Comment below and let me know what you think!

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  • Roberta

    I really like these. So great for a graphic kit. Which I am not good at!!

  • Anmarie

    These textures are great fun. I can’t wait to play with them. Another technique that might be fun to try sometime is marbling. Thanks again for providing the wonderful resources that you do.

  • http://aigha.deviantart.com Aigha

    Thank you for these and the other textures you offer here! I’ve been having a field day today, browsing through your site. 😀

  • Carmen

    wow! these are really neat! can’t wait to make some papers with these…COOL!!!

  • Grace

    these look great!!
    thank you for sharing this!

  • http://lamevamaleta.blogspot.com Carme

    These spots are truly inspiring!
    One million thanks for sharing all these useful textures and resources :-)

  • Fatima

    Wonderful work!
    I adore the colors and the perfection of those textures, thank you very much for sharing them (:

  • Qua

    These, Sir, are quite awesome indeed. Thank you for sharing! I love Ralph Steadman

  • Cynthia

    Wonderful dribbles, drips and splatters thank you.

  • Tati

    Your textures are beautiful! Thanks so much!