With everything going on between work and the Summer of Love for Letters it's been busy! In a good way! Still, I was very much looking forward to a lovely long weekend in the mountains of Georgia. Ellijay did not disappoint! Although it's historically know for apples and it's not apple season, AND I illustrated a peach for this post (LOL, an apple is coming I am just difficult) I had a great time! Eight people, four dogs, three nights in the hot tub, one hike, one winery, and plenty of beautiful views made for a much needed weekend of recharging and resting.
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I am beyond thrilled that I will be attending a summer type design program at The Cooper Union in New York City!
When I was young, I would spend hours in Microsoft Word typing my name in every typeface available. I was fascinated that the style of lettering communicated a message just as strongly as the language itself—and thus began my curiosity with and love for letters.
Right now my goal is to understand how custom lettering and typeface design can be used to bring a unique voice to life in tandem with illustration and branding. This summer will help me gain the skills needed to carry out any vision, nurturing the link between communication and my creativity, as well as the opportunity to learn and collaborate in person (gasp!) with people who share the same passion.
Hopefully one day it’ll be my typefaces I’m entering into a Word document over and over again :)
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A bit of the process behind creating these fortune tellers for my side biz Lazy Supply Co. I'm not quite sure where the idea for this came from but once I started sketching I was really excited! I knew right off the bat that I wanted a nice chunky script which, honestly, is what most of my lettering explorations end up being. But! For a new twist I wanted to try some cut-ins and shadows much like the work of Mark Caneso. Also my original phrase was "Look Beyond" but to better fill the square space I changed it to the phrase "Look to the Future". It was a lot of fun to work out all of the dot patterns and see how they worked together. They also ended up being a great way to add depth and dimension while keeping the design one color. Lovely Stardust White from Neenah Paper made the finished product look stunning! Pick up your own here.
I was going to sell these postcards and donate profits to the ACLU. Buttt right before I was getting these printed I read this article by Jennifer Daniel and, well, this quote pretty much sums up everything:
So instead of doing that, I'm going to donate to the ACLU myself (and research other organizations that need help) because that's what I should've done in the first place and re-followed a bunch of people of Facebook. Cheers to talking to people (and maybe, *gasp* even in person) instead of quietly simmering and building a bubble of only opinions I agree with.
For this year's holiday cards I knew I wanted to do a block print. Rather than the intense tote bags and thaumatrope holiday cards I spent days creating last year I wanted to go with something a bit simpler - and less time consuming! Even so, I had planned to do three different prints that all had different holiday phrases, but ultimately I loved this design so much I decided to have all my holiday cards say a simple "Noel". I chose some ultra thick art board with a great texture on it to give the appearance of snow speckled letters, and then I used stamps in simple shapes with holographic embossing powder to give it an extra layer of holiday cheer.