Pen and Paint
17 April 2015
31 March 2015
Gothic 60pt, Futura 10pt, lino cut
My last go at the letterpress was less ambitious. It combined a quick linocut with the logo from my recently launched portfolio site. BTW, notice the reno to this blog and the new "PORTFOLIO" tab above? Typefaces are close, but not exact match to what I am using on the Portfolio site (Oswald and Roboto Light).
29 March 2015
Bold Line Gothic 96pt, Condensed Western Small,
Gill Bold 48pt, Character Face
Normally, I would post the finished image first. However, letterpress is so much about the process of setting type and furniture that it seems more appropriate to present the work in progress above. See the beautiful colours that the wood type has absorbed over years of use? The metal type is made out of lead, so little nicks are plentiful and adds charm. Below is the finished print, white ink on Kraft Stonehenge.
17 March 2015
Getting out of my comfort zone of pen and ink to try a linocut. It is fun seeing the final results after a couple of hours carving and wondering what it will look like when inked and printed. This image is loosely based on an old photo that came up when I Googled 1860s, Portland, Oregon, women, for another work-in-progress.
Source photo -- top left
15 March 2015
3 March 2015
Futura 24pt, Bodoni Italic 48pt, Chelt 72pt
The learning continues with letterpress. Above was the first type that I set and printed. There are so many flaws in this sample that it would induce gagging among serious letterpress artists. However, these are my baby steps and I am happy like a kid with a new toy. I like the methodical ritual of loading each metal letter. I like the colours and sheen that the wood type have absorbed over years of printing. I like the motion of moving a press across paper. Even the terminology has a certain charm: lock-up, quoins, dissing, leading.
Over the past months, I have come to appreciate the role of typeface in design. Typography is also a crucial aspect of picture book design. Remember the placement of text in, The Dark?
Chip Kidd pointed out how good typeface design can also work subliminally. Can you find the symbol in the famous logo below? Yes, x-height matters.
Univers 67, Futura Bold
12 February 2015
Pigma 005 to 08
This is the first time using ink "doodles" on a non-animal theme. The above scene is from Rennes, Brittany. The original photo by Manfredo Q is shown below, right next to the drawing in the early stages of inking. Using this method took twice as long on buildings as it did on animals.
WiP - photo reference for drawing