Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Walk in 1875 St. Louis Colors!

Here's some more behind-the-scenes process stuff from my work on A Walk in 1875 St. Louis, still showing at the Missouri History Museum. Compton and Dry's incredible 1875 map, Pictorial St. Louis, wasn't printed in color (although Cameron over at Distilled History is apparently working on that), so I wanted to slather color all over my complementary drawings. I needed to add additional layers of sensory information, especially SMELL. 1875 St. Louis really stunk.

Schaeffer’s Soap and Candle Works, near Lucas Place at Washington and 20th streets, one of the smelliest places in town. 
Inspiration for my color palette was this 1875 lithograph advertising a short-lived Boston area brewery. I liked how the bright red brick and sudsy gold typography (beer and brick sure to important motifs in my drawings also) sat atop dusty brown streets and miasmatic skies. I eyedropper-ed accordingly:

I also tested how the colors would work with the variety of textured paper backgrounds I wanted to use:

Roughed them into my thumbnail sketches for each image:

And started to apply them to my black 'n white ink drawings.

Note that there was no green (or purple) in my palette, which would've normally been the go-to stink color.

I was forced to push yellow and gray to their aromatic extremes.

Big shout-outs to Novachrome, the printer we used for printing the large-format illustrations. Here were some of the swatches we looked at for matching colors:

Here's how they looked on strips of the final wallcoverings during installation, which turned out beautiful.

And here's the full-sized 15' foot wall.

Stay tuned for more walks through A Walk in 1875 St. Louis!

Monday, June 22, 2015

A Walk in 1875 St. Louis Logo!

I'm excited to be a part of the big exhibit now showing at the Missouri Historical Museum, A Walk in 1875 St. Louis, and am gonna start posting sketches, visual research and behind-the-scenes in-progress images from some of the stuff I worked on. First: the logo.
Here's a small sampling of early doodlings done while developing '1875' logo/mark, inspired by the typography of the title page from Compton & Dry's "Pictorial St. Louis", the amazing (book of) maps that inspired the exhibit:
Some more developed thumbnails:
Some tighter sketches and alternate ideas:
Inked lineart:
In-progress vector refinement:
Final black + white logo:
An application in the field (mug available in the gift shop):

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Beggin' Pet Parade 2015!

The annual Beggin' Pet Parade is this Sunday! I was happy once again to silkscreen some posters and draw maps for the event. Here's a bunch of sketches and in-progress stuff from the creation of both.
Above: Final 5-color prints, 18x24". Below: 11x8.5" tri-fold map brochures:
See you there! #BegginPetParade

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Thinking Cats!

It's that time again! Time for another installment of my favorite local Cat Rescue's annual Trivia Night. Up there's the original postcard I made for it, here was the sketch:

There's a "Lucky" theme to the Trivia Night so I incorporated that stuff into the art for this animated .gif:

Get a table together! Hope to see you there! Here's where you can buy tickets

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cat + Mouse Game

Two paintings I made for last year's FAMOUS FICTIONAL art show at Mad Art Gallery here in St.Louis. Acrylic and Silver Leaf on plywood, 36" x 48" each. Inspiration/reference, sketches and in-progress snapshots:

See you at this year's show! Friday night, Nov. 7th.