This project involved reaching out to a business local to Kutztown and illustrating a poster to tell a story about the subject. I had the honor of speaking with Carolyn Zimmerman, who runs “The Bread Lady” stand in Renninger’s Farmers Market. Using watercolors, I told the story of her generosity and how, through this stand, she is able to serve the community and make lasting friendships. My goal was to celebrate her person, rather than try to embellish or glorify any aspect of her story.
Sherlock Holmes Film Props and Poster
This project involved reading the script and researching possible props that would have been designed for and featured in the film Sherlock Holmes (2009). I added a twist and designed the props as though the film was set in the 1920s. This resulted in a series of Art Deco-themed designs for bath salts, a spellbook, a cigar label, and talcum powder.
How Cheese Found Its Whey
This assignment required us to create a map about food, focusing on anything from the process of preparing a type of food, following a recipe, or explaining a food’s history, as long as it was in a map format. I researched the history of cheese in Europe and how it made its way to America. Using vector artwork I drew a map of Europe onto a wheel of cheese and had different iconic structures and natural landmarks “growing” out of the cheese.
This poster was created to promote a performance for the band Lord Huron at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA. Merchandise such as t-shirts and handbags would be available for purchase at the show. It is primarily hand-drawn, using chalk pastel and ink drawings layered together digitally.
A Look Back At Sufjan Stevens
The goal of this project was to design two eye-catching magazine spreads using the guidelines presented by the Society of Publication Designers for entry into their student competition. The spreads focus on the way artist Sufjan Stevens weaves mythological and biblical themes into his music to create both a unique sound and cryptic lyrical messages. His aesthetic is quirky and playful, so I chose to use vector artwork and textures to digitally simulate a cut-paper look.
Novelty Book Series
These quirky novelty books are not meant to serve much purpose other than simply to entertain. Their intention is to make the topic fun and amusing to read about. The artwork for the characters was created by hand and manipulated digitally, after which the type was applied.
The idea for this project was to create a themed pattern that could hypothetically be applied to various objects such as wallpaper, clothing, blankets, or curtains for children. I chose a whimsical French theme, featuring quirky characters interspersed with flowers, teapots, and other such accoutrement.
TV Guide Cover
This magazine cover is meant to imitate the look of a vintage edition of TV Guide. It features a digitally painted caricature of Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Yates from Rawhide. I overlaid the image with the TV Guide logo and secondary type, attempting to match the style of a true 1960s issue.
Children's Literature Conference
This poster was created to promote the 19TH Annual Kutztown University Children’s Literature Conference, an event featuring talks by a few talented and innovative children’s authors and illustrators. I aimed to inventively capture the imagination and whimsy of children’s stories with the artwork. The scenes emerging from the book were created using photographed 3D illustrations and sets, while the remainder of the artwork uses watercolor and ink. These elements were later arranged digitally. The swirling layout emphasizes the playfulness of the theme.
These sketches were the preliminary plans for my Sherlock Holmes Film Props and the Children's Literature Conference Poster.