100 book project

5/100

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I posted about this project on my IG and got so many great suggestions including a bunch of genres I previously wouldn’t have thought of. I think it’s obvious by these covers so far that I read a lot of thrillers and mysteries… so to get some lighter fare will definitely be fun!

A friend of mine alerted me to a project that her husband did while he was in grad school that was very similar to this one, except he had placed a time constraint on himself and did multiple iterations of the same cover. It’s definitely something I’d like to explore in the future.

I was thinking that perhaps after I get more in the bag I will start doing spine and back cover designs for the more successful ones and go from there… first things first, I need to at least get into double digits territory, ha!

100 book project

4/100

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I have about 10 of these that are 80% done but I really need to shove through and finish them! Part of the problem I’ve bumped into with this project so far has been pacing; on the one hand I want to create polished works, on the other I want to produce volume and explore as much ground as quickly as possible. I’m sure in a few covers I’ll be in a nice rhythm with it, but I’m considering adding parameters to the project itself to give myself some stricter guidelines to play within.

The photograph of the flowers is by Vincent Dufour on Unsplash

100 book project

3/100

2 more covers for the ol’ book project. I think I could consider this still the “warm up zone”— I’m hoping to get more inspired and limber as I go on and make some more interesting compositions.

Also, I am very very late to the party but I just discovered Unsplash and I am SO HAPPY ABOUT IT! It’s actually so perfect for this project. I got way too excited over the weekend and downloaded way too many images… I still need to sift through them all.

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100 book project

book covers

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Though I work in [comic] book publishing, I don’t get enough chances to design book covers. I love book design and often buy a book just because I love the cover (yes, that has led to a few duds… but definitely attests to the power of design, right?).

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1/100

gotta start somewhere!

I have worked on zine covers for friends, and mocked up logos for comic books, and created editorial headers for work. I was looking for a project to start this summer to keep my creative muscles limber and also have some fun, and honestly, to experiment with fonts and imagery I don’t typically get to in comics or my freelance work.

My BU classmate and friend Micaela Brody had mentioned that she was starting a personal project wherein she made band posters for fake bands— I had a blast coming up with a few band names to help her out with it. I loved the idea and really wanted to take a swing at a project like that.

So, 100 Book Project is happening. Fake titles, fake authors, fake awards, fake cover blurbs.

I’ve got…. 1 so far. :) I’ll post them in batches!

wish me luck.




graphic design

something different

Finished some invitations for grooms Elliot & Zachary— these guys had a completely different take on wedding style. First of all, their colors are red, purple, and gold; their pinterest boards included strong block letters alongside whimsical cursive and paper crane textures alongside stark vector graphics. It was an interesting line to balance but I think we nailed it.

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I’m so glad they trusted me to design this for them; the majority of my wedding stationery work deals heavily with the typical wedding aesthetic: florals, watercolors, pale blues, greens, pinks, etc. But this was completely different, and a really fun design problem to solve.

cheers to these two!!

lettering

Chalkboard lettering

Did my first chalkboard this weekend at a wedding! I initially designed it in Procreate and a grid, then copied it right onto the chalkboard.

whew! Stressful (it was a very last minute addition to the work I supplied for the event) but so fun. I need to practice this and do more. Seriously respect Lauren Hom and her chalkboard menu hustle…

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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