Help = HOPE
After watching the first installment of the NYPL / design*sponge video series I was totally inspired. I especially loved illustrator Julia Rothman‘s comment about as a kid picturing herself in a business suit. It was just a good reminder that to this day I still am realizing that there are all these jobs out there that don’t have to feel like work. So when I was given the assignment at my office to decorate the box for canned goods we collect for a family at Thanksgiving every year I decided to have a little fun with it.
I have a seriously have a fear of drawing, so this sketch above is really one of my first attempts ever. I just took a scrap piece of paper and started doodling. I had no idea what it would turn into and before I knew it, filled half the sheet of paper. There’s something in the mundane and imperfection that I finally embraced. I found a good ink pen helped too.So I scanned it in and colored it in photoshop.
And then repeated it to make a fun pattern. It’s technically not a real repeating pattern (I just cut and pasted), but you can find Julia’s excellent tutorial on how to make a repeat pattern here (she’s always such a wonderful source of inspiration!).
The final product makes me so happy! I printed it out on the plotter like a wall/wrapping paper and wrapped the box. Now to buy a few more food items to put in the box…
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A Moment Of Insanity
November 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm //
Wow, totally kicks Warhols ass. I love Yelle, as well, especially the song “A Cause Des Garcon”. Amazing blog. :-)
November 21, 2008 at 5:10 pm //
I love your drawings. I agree, a good pen totally helps. I think it’s funny that your post went full-circle, beginning with Julia Rothman’s childhood vision of what constitutes and adult job, to the wonderful tutorial she gave on patterns.
November 22, 2008 at 6:06 pm //
I Love the fun element in this design – very Pop Art
November 24, 2008 at 1:40 am //
Looks great – you should be proud!
November 25, 2008 at 7:06 am //
Great job on the design and illustration of your paper. Love the wimsy and playfulness that you created!!
design for mankind.
December 2, 2008 at 3:57 pm //
you are so talented, my dear!
December 15, 2008 at 11:12 pm //
Just found your blog, I really like this, great job!