After many rounds of ideas for the Collis Center Cafe space, my co-designer, Laura Terry, and I were inspired by the Dartmouth College Winter Carnival poster design. We loved the flat, linear design and the bold color. The execution turned out to be more challenging than we anticipated, but we’re very pleased with the final results. Here are my final digital color designs, followed by photos featuring Laura’s designs and a panorama of the space:
Each of the large masonite panels is 3’x4′, and the two medium ones are 2’x3′. Laura, Jen, and I finished painting in May, and the show went up late last month. They came out beautifully! Click on the panorama below to see the Cafe, or feel free to stop in and check them out!
For a second time this year, Laura Terry, Jen Vaughn, and I have combined our talents for another mural adventure! It’s finally up and on display for one year in the Collis Center Cafe at Dartmouth College. Here are my early composition sketches for my part of of the design. Our theme was A Dartmouth Year, scenes of life around campus:
Lately I’ve been trying out new working methods as I launch into a new round of ideas for spring (you hear that Vermont?! Spring!!). Gray-tone wash, watercolor, and pencil are my go-to favorites for finished art pieces, but for sketching I’ve been loving the “scattering” brush tip shape in Photoshop. To those of you out there who know all about digital drawing, forgive me, but if you haven’t tried it it’s a terrific way to quickly play with color and texture. Here’s an example: the figure below was drawn in ink from life while waiting at the Dirt Cowboy Cafe, but the color and background line art was added digitally in Photoshop on a different layer. Voila! Instant colored sketch.
Another article featuring our lovely winter mural! Laura Terry, Jen Vaughn and I are looking forward to doing the next one. For more photos of the mural, please visit this link to Jen Vaughn’s Flickr site. Thanks for looking!
Dartmouth Now, Dartmouth College’s online newspaper, just posted an article on our 24-hour mural! Check it out here.
Photo by Joseph Mehling, class of ’69
Welcome to a brave new year! It’s a little late and it’s been a little while, but I feel great about the way the year has kicked off and there are promising horizons ahead. I’m reading some great books: Carolyn See’s Making a Literary Life (a MUST read for all of you creative types) and No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics (responsible for turning my bathroom into a salad bar), along with the incredible picture book blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. I’ve also been doing a great deal of drawing and design, and this week, of all things, I am painting a temporary mural at Dartmouth College in the Class of 1953 Commons (Thayer Dining Hall) with the talented Laura Terry (CCS ’10), Jen Vaughn (CCS ’10), Jon Fine (CCS ’11), and several Dartmouth art students. Here’s a link to some photos at Jen’s flickr account.
We have less than 30 hours of working time this week to grid, draw, paint, and finish nearly 80 feet of wall! It’s going very well and has been exciting to watch as our cartoons become life-sized drawings. If you’re in the area please stop in to say hello and take a peek at the mural; it will be up for 3-6 months as the kitchen renovation is completed. More from me soon. Happy new year!
This week I had the chance to spend a couple of hours at the Rauner Library at Dartmouth College looking through a few of their hundreds of manuscripts. Taking a little break amidst other work to handle a few of these volumes was so much fun! I love books and book bindings, and as an illustrator and designer holding the original source is a real treat. I just thought I’d share a few photos here of different the different books:
A 12th century manuscript, produced by a monastery for scholarship on one of the saints, not in the original binding and with the prick marks showing in the margins:
A 13th century Parisian vulgate bible, with gilding on the capitols. 700+ pages, look at the size of this script!!
A 14th century (c. 1330) Roman de la Rose, with 11 tiny miniatures in the beginning featuring various vices.
A 15th century (c. 1440) Book of Hours, richly illuminated, with multiple gilded paintings, including this Pentacost.
Another 15th century Book of Hours, this time featuring interspecies sodomy beneath the watchful (and overly loved) figure of St. Peter, his key still in tact. What are these doing in a Book of Hours beneath a prayer? Excellent question. I have no idea myself.
And finally, from 16th century Spain, an antiphonal for the whole choir to read from and sing along with. Opening the book is like lifting a cellar door.
This weekend Jules Feiffer hosted his long-time friend Margie King Barab as his guest at the Montgomery House at Dartmouth College. Margie is the widow of Alexander King, author, memoirist, famous media personality of early television and editor of Americana Magazine, a Depression era humor publication. Margie visited Jules’ class “Graphic Humor in 20th Century America” and told the story of her move to New York City from Nebraska, and how she met and fell in love with Alex King, her super (and 33 years her senior), and of their marriage and his rise to fame. On Sunday night we watched the first of 13 episodes of Alex’s show called “Alex in Wonderland,” in which he reflects on art, literature, humor, Africa, and love, among many other things. A young Margie King is seated next to her host and husband, offering prompts, laughter, encouragement, and an occasional song. Margie still sings around the house at 77 years old.