I recently enrolled in a class with Joel Felix and Hans Bennewitz on Skillshare called "Lettering: Learn to Draw Illustrative words." The main class project was to pick a phrase that you like and engage in the design process to come up with a unique lettering treatment of your phrase. I decided to represent California with high hopes that I will be able to use it for a gallery exhibition that is happening with Interval Press this Summer. Check out some of my process below. This one evolved quite a bit as I took into consideration feedback from friends, other students, and the instructor of the course. I always love looking back in hindsight and seeing how much a project changed. I struggled with it until that moment came where the letters "came alive" and really felt like they were right.
I created this California inspired print for a community event that Interval Press was a part of. It was a really successful event, and I am pretty excited about the aesthetic of this piece. I'm thinking about turning this into a series of larger prints in the near future. Got a lot in store for the blog and online portfolio!
My latest published project was a fun hand-drawn illustration for a Rope Climbing Challenge at Sac State. I wanted to share a glimpse into my process in creating this for anyone who is interested. I'm also working on developing a workshop on hand-lettering with a colleague of mine, so please let me know what you think by commenting below. Enjoy and hope this helps you out in some way or another.
Recent concept for a closing gallery show at Tangent Gallery in Sacramento. So sad to see the gallery closing for good with this final show, but it was a fun concept to work with for this poster. The gate design is modeled after the actual gates that stand outside of the gallery. I was also inspired by Albrecht Dürer's woodcuts & engravings, specifically his "Four Horsemen of the Apocalyspe" (shown below).
Albrecht Dürer's "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" and the gates outside of Tangent Gallery
I recently developed these icons for the Intramural Sports program this Fall at Sac State. Yes, I was inspired by Valerie Jar (see earlier blog post). I'm happy with how these came out though. I set out to create a simplified vintage-retro aesthetic, but also a line quality that brought continuity to the set as a whole. By the way, the dodgeball one is modeled after my coworker. I smile and laugh a little every time I look at it.