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Things Are Looking Up revisited

I decided to put some more work into this concept and make it a poster instead of a t-shirt. This is where I am currently. I think it’s done, but I’m not completely sold on it yet. Thoughts?

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T-shirt Concept

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Say Something Poster Project

I was asked to design a poster illustrating a bit of advice I would give to kids and teenagers. Here are my two designs. Here’s a link to the first one. and a link to the second one. Show your support by casting a vote, preferably 5 stars. 🙂

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Keri and Carter

Keri and Carter, a couple of my closest friends, asked me to design their wedding invitation. These two incredibly unique individuals required a wedding invitation that matched their personalities. The couple is full of life and have several different interests. I began my concepting by thinking of what makes Keri and Carter, Keri and Carter. Carter is a talented photographer and Keri loves to garden and eat healthy, homegrown food. They both enjoy riding bikes. I decided to use a combination of illustration and hand lettering to create images that represent them both as individuals and as a couple. Carter shot these photos for me as well.

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William F. Gibbs press kits

William F. Gibbs told me that most artists simply send out a CD in a plain envelope when trying to get noticed and that he wanted to do something different to stand out. We decided to make a press kit that was more substantial and agreed to build them out of recycled cigar boxes.

The CD packaging was already existing and I knew that I needed to create something that would mesh well with the design. I began looking for inspiration by listening to Will’s album My Fellow Sophisticates and soon discovered how eclectic Will’s music is. I decided that the best route would be to build my design around those qualities, including hand lettering and illustration. I custom outfitted 10 boxes; I painted, sanded and trimmed the elements to the various sizes. The tops are screen printed with gold ink and the brown paper wrapping is embelished with a xerox transfer.

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Jeslyn and Chris

Here’s an invite I designed for my little sister. The message that I wanted to convey was that everything that Jeslyn and Chris are as individuals comes together to form who they are as a couple. I began this project by asking the bride and groom to write out a list of 50 words that sum up their other half. I then hand lettered the majority of them and arranged them so that the negative space left would create their initials.

I printed the invitation 1/0 with an added foil stamp. I added a third color by using a rubber stamp and silver ink. For a last punch of color and texture I attached either a yellow ribbon or a black ribbon around the center of the piece. I also designed a custom stamp for the return address on the envelope that matches the invitation enclosed.

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Jeff and Delaine

Here’s the invitation I designed for my good friends Jeff and Delaine. Jeff is from Spartanburg and Delaine is from Charleston. The bride wanted something that represented Charleston and Spartanburg to be present in the invite. I wrote down several things that identify the two locations and I landed on a concept that hints at the history of the places. Charleston was once filled with numerous cotton plantations and Spartanburg was once a large textile town filled with countless mills around the area. The cotton boll represents Delaine and her natural beauty. Jeff is represented by the line pattern in the background which is a simplified form of the lines of thread stretched across the looms in the mills.

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More lettering

I’ve been on a hand lettering kick lately. Here’s some more from a project I just finished up.

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Jeslyn and Chris Lettering

Here’s the art from the top part of my sister’s wedding invitation. I’ll post pictures of the actual invite after I shoot them, but for now you can get a detailed look at the lettering. I didn’t hand letter everything here. But 80-90% of it. I drew the hearts in illustrator.

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