#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  

#24 Life Liberty & Happiness

#24 Life Liberty & Happiness
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This edition features the actual penmanship of the Declaration of Independence.

You may won­der, why does it say “… pur­suit of Hap­pinefs.” That “f” is actu­al­ly an “s” as it was writ­ten in the “old­en days.” Com­pare it to to the “f” in “Life” which is the same as today’s hand­writ­ten “f” and you’ll see it’s quite dif­fer­ent. When you trace the  first “s” in “Hap­pi­ness” you’ll real­ize it tru­ly is an “s” just like a typ­i­cal print­ed “s,” just elon­gat­ed. Words back then end­ed with an “s” sim­i­lar to what we write today. The Dec­la­ra­tion of Inde­pen­dence is a beau­ti­ful exam­ple of fine penmanship…and a few inter­est­ing sig­na­tures, such as that of Pres­i­dent Hancock.

The story of the Declaration of Independence is interesting.

You can read it here.

I have been enjoy­ing life late­ly with all the qual­i­ty graph­ic design assign­ments clients have been giv­ing me. With all that work I took the lib­er­ty of post­pon­ing the June Amper­Art edi­tion till the end of the month.

I regard my pur­suit of hap­pi­ness as ren­der­ing Amper­Art for you…& going to Dis­ney­land to watch the fire­works on the 4th.


Production notes for #24 Life Liberty & Happiness:
Original size: 20 x 30 inches

Program: Photoshop
Background: Declaration of Independence
Script: Actual script from Declaration of Independence (extracted & sharpened)

Ampersand: Baskerville
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