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Priority Shift

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I was planning on a big catch-up post for today, then I got a call yesterday evening about a temp job starting this morning. I made two posters over the weekend, and I have so much to say about the process – instead, I’m brushing the lint off my pants suit and packing a sandwich. […]

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Day 15: Getting Real

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It’s not a good idea to look at LinkedIn first thing in the morning, but that’s what I did. My feed is a mix of friends from art school getting excited over the latest animation techniques, various companies I started following when I was trying to get jobs from them, and recruiters offering advice to […]

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Day 14: Congratulations, Little Friends

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Today’s source is Little Friends of Printmaking, from Madison Wisconsin. Their work, at least in the book tends to be cartoonish in an almost deliberately grotesque kind of way – more tongues and nostrils than I tend to like in a character anyway. They use busy layouts and unusual, desaturated color palettes. Two things they’re […]

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Day 13 Update: All caught up

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In my earlier post today,  I laid out my plan to make a scratchboard drawing on the computer. It actually turned out better than I was expecting. My first thought was to work in Illustrator and make tapering strokes that would look like chisel strokes. Which I thought I could then bring it into After […]

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The weekend got away from me

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Things started well enough yesterday. I researched Henderson Bromstad Art Co, and started work on a self-portrait with text. They do a lot of chunky shapes filled with text. Things that look like linocuts, lots of bold colors, messy edges, overlap, repetition. My plan was to make something for the front page of this site, […]

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Day 8: Nonsense and Pedram Harby

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The artist: Pedram Harby, Tehran, Iran Pedram Harby‘s work is very minimal. He’s inspired by song lyrics and works a lot with Persian typography, often using lines of type as part of the drawing. As a nod to his Islamic heritage, he often blurs representative images. My Interpretation: cats I take a lot of pictures […]

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Day 7: Hammerpress v gentrification

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Today’s artist is Hammerpress in Kansas City, MO. It’s an aesthetic I really enjoy. Their posters are busy, in a grandma’s attic kind of way. Lot’s of collage, overlap, interesting spacing. Much more rectilinear and white than some of the previous designs. This might have to do with the fact that they work in letterpress. […]

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Day 6: Taking risks with Hakobo

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Today’s artist is Jakub Stepien, who goes by Hakobo. His look is based on Polish skateboard culture and is influenced by primitive art. Lots of geometry. Lots of dynamic angles. Black and white and limited colors. Busy, jarring, not always super readable, but part of that might be that I’m looking at a language I […]