Happy New Year 2018

Dear AmperArt Fans

Happy New Year 2018

Thank you for showing your appreciation of the fun & fabulous ampersand by visiting my monthly creations. If you haven’t done so already, subscribe for your free monthly artwork featuring “the fun & fabulous ampersand.”

It has been another fun year of setting type, coloring pictures & creating layouts with our most interesting friend. (If you don’t know the story behind the ampersand, find out here.)

This New Year’s greeting features Pantone Color of the Year 2018, Ultra Violet 18-3838, as the solid background color. It is featured in AmperArt #118 Magical & Mystical, along with specs and notes about the color.

Typography for this piece: 
Year & ampersand set in Shelley-Allegro Script
Words set in Onyx

This is not a typical AmperArt poster; rather a sincere wish for you to enjoy a properous, healthy & happy New Year. (But it does, of course, contain an ampersand.)

See you in 2018.

 

 

 

—Chaz DeSimone
Typographer & designer & creator of AmperArt

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#32 Giving & Sharing

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AmperArt #32, Giving & Sharing, reminds us what the very first Thanksgiving was all about when the Native American Indians and Pilgrims exchanged gifts and enjoyed a feast celebrating peace among themselves. But did they go back for seconds & thirds? Probably notthey didn’t have a couch and remote control to work off all those calories between servings.
 
Last year‘s Thanksgiving AmperArt prompted a couple responses by my subscribers (and ampersand fans)telling me how much they liked the construction paper cut out effect, reminding them of those grade school holiday art projects. (I still recall the wonderful minty smell of the thick white paste. Tasted good, too.) So, I decided to let those comments from my loyal subscribers direct this year’s Thanksgiving AmperArt, once again creating a cut-out effect with a slightly different treatment. And once again, it was a lot of fun. Thanks, Lisa and Pat.
 
New 2012 Thanksgiving Dinner Placeholders 

Especially for you, Jo Ann, I’ve created another set of Thanksgiving Dinner placeholders. All of myAmperArt subscribers can get their 2012 Thanksgiving Dinner Table Placeholders -here.
 
Happy Thanksgiving Everybody


PRODUCTION NOTES: Program: Illustrator Original dimensions: 20″ x 30″ Font: Souvenir Italic Images: Traced and modified from reference Layers: 1 for each element; several for horn Effects: Shadow

#31 Bats Rats & Black Cats

#31 Bats Rats & Black Cats
#31 Bats Rats & Black Cats
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As if planned by the spirits themselves, this edition of AmperArt happens to be #31, the very date of the holiday it was hauntingly designed for.


Bats Rats & Black Cats…
Lizards Gophers Birds & Snakes

JeepersCreepers

These are Halloween creatures?

No, not all of them, but they are all “gifts” that my black cat, Jeepers Creepers, proudly brings me once or twice a week. Yes, bats and snakes. Definitely ejects me out of bed faster than my shrill alarm clock.

Jeepers Creepers, 3 years old, was named after my black Jeep (he can plow through anything to get to food), but this time of year his name takes on the spooky meaning of October 31.


PRODUCTION NOTES:
Program: Photoshop
Original dimensions: 20″ x 30″
Fonts: Visigoth, French Script, both modified
Images: Traced and modified from reference
Effects: Noise added to background layer