Time for a refresher

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new reading material! Picked these up at Ampersand in Portland. I wanted to do the exercises in this newer addition of Thinking With Type; need some juice in the tank!

lettering, graphic design

Darker Than Blue

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Darker Than Blue, Volume 1 by David Brothers

^^^ follow that link to purchase!

I created the title lettering for the cover and chapter breaks for this self-published volume of short stories, written by my longtime Image+ collaborator and friend David Brothers. I also did the typesetting. The cover art is by comics legend Nick Dragotta.

David needed it printed in time for the upcoming Toronto Comic Arts Festival so I mocked up the pages and drawings within a week.

I’m wondering how acceptable it is to be vulnerable on my professional portfolio website, but I’m going to go ahead and write how I’m feeling about this project. I finished these drawings about two weeks ago now, and I remember, at the time, feeling absolutely devastated that this was what I delivered to David in the end. I wonder how many other designers have this practically debilitating self doubt the minute before hitting send on an email with completed project files. It’s self doubt that pushes me through a process, too, though— “this can be better” or “this can ABSOLUTELY be better, try something else” or “work this more, just another couple hours on this and it’ll click.” But never being satisfied with what you’ve created must be a staple ingredient to being an artist of any kind— how else do we push ourselves to get better?

Sometimes (most of the time) I don’t have time to push it one, two, three more miles, and my commitment to following through is ten times stronger than the little devil whispering in my ear that my work isn’t good enough. So I hit send, take a nap, move onto the next project, use what I learned etc etc etc.

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I mention all of this mostly because looking at this book now I realize how skewed my own perspective is while I’m in the act of creating. These title pages are fine. They’re absolutely fine! I of course see things I’d like to change, or certain elements I’d have leaned into or edited had I had more time, but they’re absolutely fine, and David is satisfied with them, so I’m going to allow myself a small pat on the back. I’m very excited to see it in print, and I’m very excited to be a part of David’s first self-published work. Onward and upward and all of that!

🎧 “Nevergreen” - Emancipator

Short stories

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Not much to show for it right now, but I’m doing some lettering for a friend’s self-published book of short stories. More about that soon, the deadline is Sunday 😱

at first he wanted me to just do the stories’ titles handlettered but I convinced him to let me lay the WHOLE thing out… I have no idea why but typesetting is just really enjoyable for me.

🎶“One is a bIrd” - Over the garden wall soundtrack

graphic design

Invites are here

The invites & rsvps I designed for Jen and Curtis just arrived from Moo.com! I really love their products; been using and suggesting them since college.

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Going to properly photograph them and upload soon. I like how these turned out.

🎶“The Nightfly” - Donald Fagen

Image Comics work

THUMBS & thoughts

a twitter header option

a twitter header option

Lately I have been creating more social media and web assets for PR & Marketing here at Image; yesterday I made a set for a new series called THUMBS, created by Sean Lewis and Hayden Sherman. Just as a general sidenote: Image Comics creatives often make their own media assets (they have full power over their IP), though sometimes we produce advertising assets on our end too.

a website feature header option

a website feature header option

Hayden’s artwork is amazing to say the least, it has always grabbed me at a gut level. I designed IMAGE+ spreads for his and Sean’s last series together, THE FEW— though I have to say I am feeling all sorts of bummed that IMAGE+ doesn’t exist today for THUMBS. The colors and textures Hayden is using this time around really got me amped up; I’m imaging all kinds of interesting editorial layouts as I flip through some of the extra “trailer moments” Hayden sent my way.

an IG square option

an IG square option

I don’t think I would call Hayden’s work “messy” mostly because I think he is very methodical about it, but that art style really appeals to me alongside super structured sans serifs. His work is highly textured splashed with completely opaque pink marks; I imagined the black boxes I was placing as electrical tape, or crime scene ribbons, thrown down around the chaos happening in the story.

I would LOVE to create a brand alongside work like this some day; I think it’s time to make some zines of my own messy (like, actually messy, not Cool Artist Hayden “messy”) sketches.

 

🎧 “Vanished” - Crystal Castles

sketchbook

feeding

I recently went on a week long trip to Seattle and then up to Vancouver and my regular cat-sitter wasn’t available, so I made this goofy graphic to outline exactly how I feed my cat every day for the stand-in cat-sitter…

after drawing this out I felt a little embarrassed but honestly, Gus’s fur is so darn soft and he’s so cute I have no regrets!!!