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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For pro­fes­sion­al graph­ic design, please vis­it Des­i­mone Design.

Desimone? Damn good!

#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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This is a high-​resolution pdf & may take a few minutes to download.
Find printing tips & framing ideas here.

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