These are a series of illustrations on cardboard that I made a while ago as an attempt to expand upon the first one (Fly and Soup), which I made in a class. The recurring theme is a fly buzzing through groups of people or creatures or objects. They are all a bit old - the first is 2 years ago, the rest are from 2011, I think… but I liked them and wanted to share them. I started a few others (just abstract shapes made from watercolor right now), but these are the three that were more resolved.
This is the first progress shot of a new maze illustration I started in the past week (with some preparation also, in the weeks preceding that week). Sorry for the poor photo quality, I don’t currently have access to a scanner. It is going to be inspired by places in the neighborhood area and community around where I live (where I live is across the street from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and close to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where I just graduated from this past May).
photo of my Senior Project exhibition space at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Four framed prints of my maze illustrations (I got the frames from IKEA, and bought/cut the mat myself, and mounted the prints inside of the mat frame/backing). And then there’s the book version of the mazes, which I will try to post more images of soon. The little shelf on the far left has some business cards.
Here are some screen caps of my process (so far) for making the type in each of my maze illustrations. I’ve done this for every one of the illustrations, but just showing examples from the first (Eagle Island).
For one of the types of type you see, I traced (attempting to be at least a little loose/sketchy) a print-out of the typeface called Plantagenet Cherokee. That’s the one that has more serifs (more turns on the edges). That was used for both the title and the instructions that I show in these screenshots. The other, more “plain” looking typeface is my own natural way of writing, traced over a print-out of the Plantagenet Cherokee. Right now I’m not completely sure which one I prefer; might have slight preference to my own writing right now.
As you can also see, there are variances in the spacing between letters and between lines. That is something I am still trying to make a final decision on.