1000 Heads: the book

1000 heads, my illustration book

Inspiring books for the creative type


30.1.08

An alphabetic look at the animal world


Twenty-six types of animals is a beautifully designed book by Jeremy Pettis, with an a-to-z list of animals, accompanied by a special typographic treatment to suit each of the depicted beasts.
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18.1.08

What font is this?

I've been asked about the font in the header of this blog. This is a font I made myself, and it's based on my own hand lettering.
I called this font Cartelia (cartel = poster in spanish) because it was obviously a candidate for big lettering uses, although it also looks good at smaller sizes and it's quite readable, which makes it ideal for brochures, tags and other applications. Here is another sample of the font in use:This font is available from a typography project, Typephases, where you can get several freeware fonts (also offered at selected online font archives) or purchase some exclusive fonts and dingbats:

10.1.08

Mindstream (Etching)

This is a fairly complex composition. Seen from a distance, a few metres away, it resembles something geological, like rocks on a cliff. On a closer look, its a very crowded accumulation of small drawings, done more or less automatically, as a mind stream flowing freely. Etching on zinc plate, 23 x 16 centimetres (click the image to see some more details).
I left the plate on the acid bath for a little too long, because I wanted to have crisper lines. Anyway this is just a rushed first artist proof. Perhaps in the next prints, with more control of the inking I'll get finer lines as I envisioned.

5.1.08

Some Monotypes

These are a few monotypes I've been creating these days (you can click any of the pics to see a bigger example of each.)I have used some spare oil paint tubes, instead of etching- or woodcut ink. I don't paint much in oil lately and I wanted to try them for this.
I haven't used the press. Just a ceramic tile to spread the paint (mixed with some linseed oil to make it more liquid). Then, using a spoon I transfered the monotype to a damp sheet of paper.
And here are some closeups:

New palette

I have reused an old student-quality gouache box with detachable pans for a selection of tube watercolours. I find it is more practical to have a selection of pans ready to use without bothering to open and close tubes. Most of the paints in this selection are single pigments. Starting from the top to the bottom, alternating from left to right, they are:

  1. PY3 (Arylide yellow)
  2. PY154 (Benzimida yellow)
  3. PY153 (New gamboge)
  4. PO20 (Cadmium orange)
  5. PR108 (Cadmium scarlet)
  6. PR209 (Quinacridone red)
  7. PR264 (Organic vermilion)
  8. PV15 (Ultramarine Violet)
  9. PB29 (Ultramarine blue)
  10. PB28 (Cobalt blue)
  11. PB36 (Cerulean blue)
  12. PB15 (Phtalo blue)
  13. PB36 (Turquoise cobalt blue)
  14. PG18 (Viridian)
  15. PG7 (Phtalo green)
  16. Bright green
  17. PY43 (Yellow ochre)
  18. PBr7 (Raw Umber)
  19. PBr7 (Burnt Sienna)
  20. PBr7 (Burnt Umber)
  21. PR101 (Indian red- iron oxide red)
  22. PR179 (Perylene maroon)
  23. PO48 (Quinacridone burnt orange)
  24. Naples yellow (mix of PO62 and PY43)
Some other favourite colours have been left out of this particular palette, but they are still near at hand: for example quinacridone magenta, cobalt teal blue (very similar to the turquoise blue), raw sienna, and some more.

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