I started a new print series with the intention of experimenting with a photographic collage technique to illustrate woodland creatures. The vintage photo elements used were the following: forest scenes, botanical pieces, patterns, sheet music, instruments, feathers, butterflies, and paintings of nature.
I created a weathered forest scene to provide a natural ambiance as the background, and all of the animals received a gentle halftone to imbue them with the spirit of the past.
Here are all 12 critters in the order that they were created (top to bottom): Rabbit, Bear, Fox, Deer, Squirrel, Moose, Beaver, Hedgehog, Skunk, Raccoon, Boar, and Wolf.
Continuing my Anamonogram series, here are the next four hand-illustrated pieces. In the order they appear below, they are as follows: #5 KIN/INK (high-res), #6 BEST/BETS (high-res), #7 NOTE/TONE (high-res), and #8 EARTH/HEART (high-res).
With the addition of #5-#8, I wanted to add a few notes on the execution of these studies that I over-looked in the original post. The study has a 3-color limitation of black, white and warm grey, which demands spontaneous and creative uses to diversify the look of the pieces. In particular, the atypical application of white on the tea-dyed paper is something I’m loving, which is an evolution from the previous Venn by Pen project (that only used black on tea-dyed paper). Lastly, I’m exploring different ways of overlaying and intertwining the letters of the two words within a confined space, which has produced mixed results. Cheers!
A year ago, I dyed a lot of archival paper in tea baths for a series called Venn by Pen. At the end of 2011, I pulled more of the tea-dyed paper out to start another experiement called Anamonograms.
The idea for this series was created from a simple 2-step process. 1) Search for a meaningful Anagram, which is a set of letters that can be used to spell out two or more words. Look for Anagrams that have a nice juxtaposition of meaning between the two words. 2) Loosely or tightly lock-up individual hand-drawn letters to create a series of monograms that make up the two-word illustrative piece.
So far, I’ve produced 4 of these, and I think there are more to come. They are a great exploratory exercise in layout and interconnected lettering styles. To see the high-res versions, head over to my Flickr here. Enjoy!
Today is over four months in the making: I’ve got a new shop with new products! Ever since I finished Prova last year, I couldn’t help but indulge and chase my curiosity in creating typefaces.
I sketched some new letterforms and explored layering them with flexible embellishments. Beyond hand-drawing type, I explored clean type in this offering (and for future releases too). To top it off, I’m also offering a graphic metal swatch pack. Read about each of the new offerings below by heading over to my revised shop here.
Notch is my first clean, display typeface. It’s a nod to (and modern take on) historic industrial letterforms with two-pronged terminals, sturdy stems and an optional inline. Learn more about Notch and get it here.
HandSlab is a hand-crafted extended slab serif with charming touches and an optional block drop shadow. It’s a fresh take on a typeface style that’s recently had a small revival, and I wanted to take it to a hand-drawn place to make it warmer and more friendly. Learn more about HandSlab and get it here.
Jaywalk is a hand-drawn rounded square display typeface that is balanced, bright and cohesive. It’s also got an optional line drop shadow that can be used to craft unique headlines and messaging. Learn more about Jaywalk and get it here.
Metal Swatch Pack is my first graphic asset pack offering. Earlier in my career, I designed a lot of signage and environmental elements, and found a beautiful pack of metal swatch bars that I couldn’t resist scanning in at high resolution. There are forty (40) metal bars scanned at 600 dpi as TIFs. Each file is approximately 8 MB, and could be used as repeating backgrounds in both print and web design projects. Learn more about the Metal Swatch Pack and get it here!.
To get the community excited about SXSW, I was tasked with illustrating a custom digital background for GSD&M’s promotional efforts online. I adapted the original illustration into a variety of sizes to serve up as a free digital wallpaper for Phones, Tablets, and Desktops.
Each download pack includes the black and red themes shown. Feel free to download whichever you like. Enjoy!
Phone Download: (Android, iPhone3 and iPhone 4)
Tablet Download: (iPad, iPad2)
Desktop Download: (27″ iMac, Others)