Sunday, January 26, 2014

Erie County Fair Typography

As part of their 175th anniversary celebration, the folks at the Erie County Fair had us add our custom typography to this lithographed fair poster from 1905.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Observation Tower

I always wanted to do something with that strange brutalist observation tower on the waterfront.

Monday, January 13, 2014

American Mirror

Just finished "American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell" by Deborah Solomon. An enjoyable read. Rockwell was a bit of an odd duck, as Solomon makes clear, but also an incredibly hard-working artist- meticulous, inventive, and deceptively witty.

"My Studios Burns," 1941- I've heard Rockwell described as a cartoonist-in-oil. Here's an actual cartoon, beautifully hand-lettered, describing a fire at his studio.

Marriage License, 1955- such a wonderful feel for surfaces and textures- the peeling wallpaper, the spitoon, the cast iron stove and that gorgeous yellow dress. I love this one.

Bow tie, love beads: Rockwell worked well into his 70s; in 1968 he painted this album cover art for "The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper."

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Feeling Rejected...

A magazine cover illustration that, for various reasons, won't see the light of day.