Friday, November 26, 2010

final 3 artists!

I have narrowed down my possible 6 artists to the final 3. Thoughts?

The following are my key images, artist biographies, color palettes and associated word lists.


warm, painterly, cityscape, mosaic, colorful, silhouette, pointillism, bright


rustic, layered, textural, muted, organic



bright, vintage, comic book style, graphical, decorative, floral, iconic


6 Possible Artists

These are my 6 potential artists for Project 4 in typography:

1. Edward Hopper


Edward Hopper painted American landscapes and cityscapes with a disturbing truth, expressing the world around him as a chilling and alienating. Figures in his art appear terribly alone. Hopper soon gained a widespread reputation as the artist who gave visual form to the loneliness and boredom of life in the big city. This was new in art, perhaps an expression of the sense of human hopelessness that characterized the Great Depression of the 1930s.

2. Anna Taratiel

In her work, the Barcelona native juxtaposes rigid geometric shapes with soft organic lines, then adds intense colors that cause your eye to bounce all around the image. The result are cartoonish images, a touch reminiscent of Lichtenstein, which convey deep emotion and movement through the simple shapes and balance of color, whether they’re thrown up asstreet art or displayed in a traditional gallery. 

3. Norman Rockwell

"America's most beloved illustrator", best known for his covers of The Saturday Evening Post. 

4. Andre Derain

Andre Derain was a French artist, painter, sculptor and co-founder of Fauvism with Henri Matisse. He was a strange, moody, highly intellectual man who disliked the painting produced during his own lifetime to the extent that he retired to the country to live in almost complete solitude and seemed almost determined to be forgotten.

5. Tavis Coburn

Tavis Coburn mixes vintage illustration style with a rad contemporary twist. He has created countless works for leading publishing, advertising, and music companies in North America and Europe. Tavis' unique style is inspired by 1940s comic book art, the Russian avant-garde movement, and printed materials from the 1950s/60s.  

6. Andy Kehoe

Andy Kehoe's paintings are rich with a childlike innocence that recall a time when magic and monsters existed and all the untold mysteries of the world still seemed possible. After a few illustration stints, Andy began to focus on his personal work—and in the years that followed, his paintings have been shown in galleries across the country.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

On to Project 4: Illuminated Letters


So, we're starting our 4th and final project in typography. It consists of illuminated letters based off of a contemporary counterpart artist, which we select. We start by selecting 6 artists (those will be posted soon). From there, we narrow the selection down to three and create an illuminated/drop cap letter that conveys the feeling, style, and color palette of the chosen artist. Below I have some examples and an explanation of illuminated letters.

An illumination is an embellishment, or additional decoration that enhances the pages of a written, or manuscript page. The term comes from the term illuminate, or to fill with light. This effect is achieved with the application of gold leaf to the letters and and images, which reflect light and appear to glow.

An illuminated letter was usually the first letter of a page or paragraph. It was always enlarged and in color with gold applied in areas.



The contemporary counterpart to the illuminated letter is known as the drop cap. A drop cap is an oversized, first letter in a paragraph.


Typography Motion Video

The Adobe AfterEffects project is now done, check it out please :) it was so frustrating, but it turned out well and i'm glad I know how to use the program now

Sunday, November 7, 2010