I recently worked on a project for class where each classmate had to pick a person, place or pastime unique to Wisconsin to hand letter and illustrate on a card measuring 8″ wide x 2.125″ high. I’ve never done any hand lettering so this was a fun experiment in my sketchbook.
We all had to use the same 2 colors (blue and orange) since we are having our cards printed on the off-set printing press on campus, which has two ink wells. I’m excited to follow the production process in the next couple weeks as we watch the printing plates get made, the inks mixed, the press run, and then work together to do the cutting, collating, and assembly of our Wisconsin-themed book.
Wisconsin is more than just beer and cheese. It’s more than America’s dairyland. I’ve had people around the country (adults… old enough to know better) ask me if we had trees in Wisconsin, as if it’s too cold and barren here for plants to survive. People, this isn’t the Arctic circle. It’s a beautiful state with lots of trees, trails and lakes, which is the theme I picked. I used random names of trees and lakes for a background texture on the front side of the card, and some simple facts for the back side of the card.
I’m excited to see the final book with everyone’s illustrated cards all bound together. In the meantime, I printed my card at home to use as a bookmark.
I loved experimenting with hand lettering combined with illustrations so I made a list of other topics I’m hoping to work on this summer. Stay tuned…
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