I’m a bit behind with this post, but still wanted to share my assignment from last week for Lilla Rogers’ class. We explored the Baby Apparel market, which is a new territory for me. My work is a somewhat whimsical and kid-friendly, but I haven’t ever specifically created work for the baby market. Lilla’s also teaching us the importance of creating work from separate icons, which is a bit of a different approach for me. So, in a really fun challenge, we were to create a design and a few coordinates with a “camping” theme that could be applied to textiles and other baby apparel. I tried to push myself to simplify imagery to would read graphically and translate to various formats while still keeping the quality of my natural style. I had a lot of fun with this, especially with color palette and creating the coordinate patterns. A few images here of the process, sketches, and final presentation.
I’ve always loved letterpress. It just feels like the perfect medium for all the things I love most about both illustration and design——delicate linework, texture, graphic shapes & color, beautiful typography and a vintage, tactile quality. About 5 years ago I took a semester of Letterpress 101 through SVA’s Continuing Ed. program with the amazing Dikko Faust (founder of Purgatory Pie Press, and a master in the art of letterpressing). I immediately fell in love with the whole process, though it was a fairly large class and with a full-time job it was hard to get into the studio for press time during out-of-class hours. So I only produced a few projects and lost access to the studio once the semester ended.
But ever since, I’ve been itching to get back to exploring it a bit more. I only recently became aware of The Arm in Brooklyn—a public access letterpress studio run by Dan Morris, who, along with the other staff there are all-around awesome & super helpful guys. I took a day-long intro workshop there a few months back, and now am able to book time to go in to print my own projects.
Last night was the first time I was able to get in the studio and spend a few hours on the press. I got a couple plates made of some lines drawings from awhile back and experimented with different paper weights and 2-color printing. I was in heaven! Felt so good to be away from a screen and get back to getting a little down and dirty making some stuff with my hands—Super excited to go back for more!
This was a drawing I’d revisited from my Month of Love sketches, after a woman contacted me about using the image on her New Orleans wedding save-the-dates.
2-color print on Cranes Lettra 110 lb. cover stock in pearl white
Revisited a hand-lettered piece I’d created after the Sandy Hook shootings—I love this beautiful quote. Printed on Cranes Lettra 220 lb. cover stock in pearl white
Detail. Loving the deep impression on the 220 lb stock!
A dear friend of mine got married last weekend, and I created a custom wedding illustration as a gift.
I’ve been experimenting a bit—getting back to combining more traditional mediums, like watercolor & gouache, with my linework.
Here’s a few shots of the process:
Rough sketchbook drawing
Sketch transfer to Canson Cold Press Acrylic paper
Color blocking with gouache
Work-in-Progress with metallic gold accents added
Final painting with inked line
Framed for gift-giving (the happy couple loved it!)