I had to do it one day, right? Every month for one whole year now, a local letter lover from RVA has let me pick their brains about their work and creative process. Now it's my turn. From my early days as a budding graphic designer on AIM to my current endeavor of learning calligraphy over 100 days, here is my lettering story.
In recent years, Richmond has (thankfully) come to appreciate and encourage street art and murals. There are colorful painted walls on every block and even on the vehicles that line the streets. If you've ventured anywhere around the area, you've probably seen the work of Brad Bacon. Specializing in painted signs, murals and the occasional vehicle, he also incorporates awesome illustrations into his work. Read on to find out more about him and his process.
Sarah Apple, of Lucky Signs, has a unique style that blends both illustration and lettering. You may have seen her chalk lettering popping up more and more in local Richmond eateries. Keep reading to find out about her path to lettering, how she refined her chalk skills through a restaurant gig and what inspires her kitschy illustration style.
Once a Richmonder, always a Richmonder: Amy Webber may have moved away from the capital, but she will forever be welcome here. Under the name Sincerely Amy Designs, she is one of the top wedding calligraphers around...and she couldn't be nicer! Amy was kind enough to clue me in to the world of calligraphy (completely different from lettering) while settling into her new home with her husband and soon-to-be-one-year-old.
Joe Akers and his wife Coleen are the dynamic duo behind PaperFreckles, a local company specializing in playful, one-of-a-kind greeting cards (among other products) that you won't find anywhere else. I picked Joe's brain to learn more about the business side of stationery and to see what it's like to run a business with your significant other.