Monday, January 30, 2012

From A to B: Born To Die

Lana Del Rey's album is out today, and I created this illustration in anticipation.  
Probably quite appropriate because of the scrutiny she has been facing regarding her
fake-ness/authenticity.  I don't really care about that.  I'm enjoying listening to the Deluxe Version of Born To Die.

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

The Details

I have done a short outline of the process that went into the making of this.  It was a little involved so I hope it makes sense.

Drawing the face...




Scanned and tidied

I scanned and adjusted the components in Photoshop, making sure it all works together.

I decided to get rid of the jewellery.

With the portrait layer mode set to 'Multiply' I added the inky back layer and messed with the hue to get it looking a little ethereal.  I didn't want to go for the obvious corporeal red.

The skull was drawn in pencil on tracing paper over the portrait to make sure it fits the picture.  Once I scanned it I inverted, so the black lines on paper look like white on black, and inserted it under the face layer with the layer mode on 'Screen'.

Ta Daaa!


  1. This is amazing!


  2. Can I get this on a shirt???

  3. Hi Kyle! It's not on a shirt at the moment, although that's definitely something I want to look at. I will be sure to let you know if it happens any time soon!

  4. Hey Abi, still interested in this as a shirt or a sticker!

    Have you considered uploading this to

    1. Hi Kyle! You are too kind. :) Although redbubble looks cool, I'm wary of contributing to those kind of print on demand sites. I would rather produce my own goods but have no plans for T shirts at the moment. You can get this as an A3 print from my Etsy shop here - - if you are interested. Cheers Kyle!

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