Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Letterpress print for me niece

It was my niece's first ever birthday at the weekend so she received her letterpress print from good old Uncle Chris. It's made using the wood type and the Albion press at Dekkle. It still amazes me how the simplest of designs using individual type can take a number of hours to get right. I wasn't happy with my choice of typefaces after a couple of proofs and then I needed to change the alignment and spacing after a couple more proofs. The whole process took around 3 hours to finish but it's well worth it.

The indentation that the letters leave and the inperfections on the faces of the type are what lifts the images above what you can produce on a computer. It also gets me away from my desk which is always a good thing.

If you're interested in getting one for your own niece, or indeed any other family member then get in touch.

My Beatles Illustration

I've been meaning to do an illustration of The Beatles for a while and I finally got round to it on Monday night. I started off attempting to simplify their facial features but I wasn't particularly happy with them and they all looked like Julian Opie paintings. Using the rules of pictpgram design I then decided to deconstruct them even more and resorted to just using the face, hair and ears. Et voila!

Let me know what you think, they may have to go on the screenprinting to-do list.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Tim Key - The Slutcracker

I went to watch the fantastic Tim Key at The Junction in Cambridge last night. I've always found his poetry incredibly funny since seeing him on Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe but his show was as good as any performance I've seen from anyone. The show was formed of his poetry, a bit of stand up, film and even some acrobatics across the audience.

If you can I would definitely recommend getting yourself a ticket to any of the remaining shows. My ramblings aren't really doing him justice so here's the man himself...

Tim Key. With A String Quartet. On A Boat. from The Invisible Dot Ltd on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Type Matters by Jim Williams

I received my copy of Type Matters by Jim Williams through the post this week. I'd seen it before through Creative Review and really wanted to get my hands on it but I heard it was only available to the students at Staffordshire University. After a couple of emails and a cheque in the post it arrived on Saturday. It's a lovely little booklet that covers a few essential tips on typography such as kerning, spacing, hyphenation and justification. It's also hand bound and looks great so many thanks go to Jim and Anna at the Staffs University.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

Amy got this as a Valentines gift/card this morning. I couldn't stand trying to track down another crappy valentines card so decided to print my own design.

There's not much more that I enjoy than sharing a pint and a half in the pub and having a good old chin-wag with the missus. This is a dedication to that, Happy Valentines everyone.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Mr Lion Screenprints

Last night I was doing something I love back at the University of Hertfordshire, screenprinting. I've got loads of these illustrations of animals that I plan to print so I started off the collection with good old Mr Lion. It's printed on some quality paper stock and I'm really happy with the results.

I really enjoy printing and I definitely want to do more and more in the future. Hopefully it will get a good reception from you folks and I'll be able to do some more!

If you're interested in buying one unframed (£15) then please get in touch. I have 14 prints in total and I'm planning on getting some framed so I'll post them up once I've done that as well. Also, if you've got any requests for animal then also let me know. Email chris@oneafternine or tweet me up #OneAfterNineUK

Thursday, 3 February 2011