Hand Lettering

Printing your hand lettering on fabric…oh yes you can.

This past Christmas my wife and I embarked on a brave, 3-month-long mission to produce 13 hand-made messenger bags for our family members, based on the Cooper Bag from Colette patterns. Of course by “we” I mean mainly Sara. She did 95% of the sewing, although I did venture into previously scary territory and during the final week of production, learned how to use a serger and at least …

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“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainty” — Erich Fromm

This poster is a commissioned piece by the Dutch magazine Flow for their upcoming DIY issue. The lettering was hand drawn and loosely based on the slab-serif font Rockwell Bold. The illustration was hand rendered using Illustrator and brought onto a layered, hi-res Photoshop file. One side effect of hand-lettering quotes is that you’re forced to live with the words for a long time, so they can really penetrate …

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Working for a Local Institution

Baseball Mary is the ultimate San Francisco Giants fan and somewhat of a force of nature. She’s also famous for her annual invitation-only fundraising party which targets a worthy non-profit or a family or individual in need (one year it was Bryan Stow, the unfortunate SF Giants fan who was beaten within an inch of his life in 2011 at a Giants-Dodgers game in L.A.) This year it’s La …

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In the end only three things matter…

From the last few posts I guess it’s obvious that I’ve been playing around with a more free-form, lattice-type, scaffold kinda thing. What’s different about this piece is that after I scanned the inked page I brought it into Illustrator and did an image trace. All the little awkward joints and intersections got smoother as if it melted together a little. Then it was just about doing some clean-up …

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Got the cover now just need to write something

I often get titles of things stuck in my head before I even know what the hell the thing is. Case in point…this possible short story, essay, novel, poem or whatevs. Actually, I’d probably get sued if I did use it because it’s the name of one of the Firesign Theater’s albums published back in 1971. So as fun as it was to design, it’ll most likely stay as …

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Serenity Now!

From one of the greatest Seinfeld episodes ever. George Castanza’s father admonishes us all to just chill. And do it now, dammit.

The third quote about Courage: “Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.”

This quote is attributed to a psychiatrist who examined a little-known suffragette named Alice Paul in 1917, after she was arrested and imprisoned for protesting in front of the White House. Paul and a small group of women were charged with obstructing traffic and not only imprisoned, but beaten and chained to their rat infested cells. Paul staged a hunger strike which resulted in her being moved to a …

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1rst of 3 quotes about courage. “Better to be be slapped by the truth than kissed by a lie.” — Russian proverb

Courage has been on my mind and under my pencil lately, so I thought I’d dig around and letter up what some greater minds have had to say about the concept. This quote popped up on Facebook recently and stood out so I decided to pencil it out during a recent 0-0 Manchester United vs. Chelsea match. This old proverb talks about courage peripherally, which is why I like …

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I could really go for some chocolate covered feelings right now

My new friend Camille Harper routinely says stuff that can keep a hand letterer busy for days. So when I read this Facebook post she made a while back I immediately asked permission to commit it to paper, then pixels. My wife told me it’s now her “PMS poster.” I am hereby smiling and nodding. The process: thanks Norma Talmadge I immediately found inspiration in my vintage photo collection …

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