how to make pop art…

I have always been attracted to the simple clean pop art asthetic in graphic design. As a kid, I grew up reading many a Spiderman comics and grew to love the stylings of those types of artists like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. There was something about the design of 1940s through the 1960s in graphic art that still appeals to me; something which I have tried to emulate in my own work from time to time.

These days it has become that much easier to emulate that style with Photoshop and other helpful software tools. I came across this cool (and super simple) tutorial that shows how to make a simple photograph into a pop art format ala Roy Lichtenstein or Andy Warhol. I gave it a try and charted my results. Check it out.

This is the image I started with.
Here is the final sans colouration.
This is the FINAL once I combined the new and old.
Eventually I want to try out the line drawing layers and Warhol-esque colourations hinted later in the tutorial. But for now I’m pretty happy with how this turned out. I wonder what kinds of things Warhol would be making now, if he had access to something like Photoshop.