House of Illustration - Pushing the Envelope design | Skillshare Projects

Zoe Allen

Self-taught illustrator/designer/hand-letterer



House of Illustration - Pushing the Envelope design

I LOVED this class - this graphic typographic style is so striking. Particularly loved when Erik walked us around his neighbour sharing his inspiration :)

So I created this Marinovich-inspired envelope for and illustration collaborative piece at the museum I volunteer at, the House of Illustration in London. It was to celebrate the anniversary of the Penny Black stamp - the first prepaid postage stamp ever used. The wavy background was intended to be reminiscent of the stamps used by post offices to null a used postage stamp, which they quickly introduced when they realised how many penny blacks were simply being recycled by thrifty letter writers. Using chalk pens and calligraphy ink I created this:


I was pretty pleased with the result, though at the time of its creation I was panicking terribly at the smudging ink, etc. but anyway. It was really bold among the other illustrated contributions, and I was over the moon when it was used in advertising for the event in TimeOut magazine and the Design Museum's twitter account!




Anyway, enough boasting from me, what do you think> Would certainly like to experiment more with this style and medium. Thanks Erik! :)


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