I got the idea to do these posters from a t-shirt my Grandmother was wearing in an old photograph that featured 4 architectural landmarks in South City of Saint Louis which are all pretty obscure and specific to the South City neighborhood they embody or represent. I liked the idea that in order to "get it" you needed some "locals only" insider information, because the only information the t-shirt offered in addition to these line drawings of these buildings was "I'm from South St. Louis" so I just lifted the entire concept to make these posters because I couldn't stop thinking about how much I wanted this t-shirt even though it didn't exist anymore. Despite having taken a summer class on St Louis Architecture, and consulting my mother and all her siblings, I was only able to identify three out of the four of the buildings, so I added the Lemp Mansion (which is apparently haunted and operates as a restaurant & inn, and is the last poster below in the set) as my fourth and missing South St. Louis landmark. I employed a unique illustration technique I'd developed to represent the architectural beauties, and dropped the simple vector of the text I'd borrowed from the shirt over the scanned image, where you can see the finished posters below, starting with the image that inspired the project.
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This was an illustration I did from a photograph meant to mimic the look of guerilla spray painted stencil graffiti. I liked the way the illustration turned out much more than I liked the project it was a part of, which is why it stands alone.
This project involved taking a group of a large group of similar objects with a common thread and photographing them and arranging them in a poster. I gathered a few of the objects from my apartment and all the others with the help of my friends' apartments, their vintage stores, a record store, and wherever I knew to ask that would trust me to return their rad clear objects. My good friend Ann K. Hubbard lent her photography skills, equipment, and guidance, as I art directed and styled the objects before we shot each of them on my light tracing table on her photography studio's kitchen counter, so all objects are backlit. After I made the necessary image adjustments and editing, I arranged them together for the poster we see here. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.
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An identity illustration and business card I created for my friend and hairdresser, who expressed a need for a graphic identity that would allow her to market herself across a multitude of industries that employ hair and makeup artists on a freelance basis. The font she instructed that I use was from a free site and did not include punctuation or numbers, nor did it read well in small format, so after setting the type and converting to vector outlines, I altered several of the characters to make them more legible, and used another free font that was different enough but had the same feel of the one she chose in order to include her phone contact.
The illustration (part vector-part rastor halftone) I created interacts with the type (rather than another illustration of a model) in a way that represents what she does without conveying any specific skin tone, hair type, or generally any particular "look" to potential clients, allowing a wider range of demographic appeal. It also serves as a separation between her name and contact information, and yields a healthy negative space that allows her plenty of room to write additional information (ie: appointment times) without immediately resorting to the back of the card.
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