The Brief: This piece was to combine illustration and lettering together so that the illustration complemented the lettering and elements of the illustration were included in the lettering. Done as part of a workshop with Gemma O’Brien and finished at home.

Role: Graphic designer and illustrator responsible for concept, design, and implementation of all lettering and illustration.

Tools Used: Pen and ink, paper, scanner, Adobe Illustrator.

 Final illustration.

Final illustration.

This project started as a way to combine hand-drawn lettering and illustrated graphics into one composition. I liked the rhyming aspect of the phrase, so I hand-drew some preliminary pencil sketches for inspiration, moved to a larger-sized pencil sketch on paper, and then inked the composition and elements using tracing paper. I kept many of the elements separate on the tracing paper so that I could overlap and move them around when I took them onto the computer. I wanted the image to be a bit playful and not serious, so chose the “yer” for your in the text, and made the cucumber into a character that was winking. I scanned in the tracing paper inked version and pieces and made further refinements in Adobe Illustrator, specifically in altering the scale of the illustrated items so that the lettering and cucumber-seeded shadow could take more the center stage. Then I added color and finished up the composition. I really liked the retro feeling of the telephone and sign-painter casual script in the top, so picked colors that referenced a mid-century style. The final image is also featured on a greeting card and print for sale. Cool as a cucumber!