Thursday, 19 April 2007
One of the things I do for a living is hand lettering. Mainly for comics, but I also do every other lettering job that I get offered: book covers, posters, logos, business cards, etcetera. Because lettering can be done cheaper with a computer, I don’t have much work anymore. The good thing about this is that I can spend more time on making sleeves for my CD’s.
I get a lot of CDr’s with great music but without any info, apart from the name of the band scribbled on the CD, or even not even that. That is okay with me, although I prefer a careful designed sleeve with detailed info on the recordings. I decided to be the change I want to see, and to make sleeves for every CDr that either entered my place or left it. It is a nice way to practise my hand lettering skills, which get a bit rusty if I don’t do use them every day. Of course not every CD cover that I do is a stunning piece of art; I am not always inspired and sometimes I just don’t have the time to do justice to the aluminium treasures that are filling the walls of my home.
The selection which I show here is definitely not representative for the hundreds of covers that I have made; I picked some of my favourites, to show you my lettering abilities. If you ever need a hand lettered something, just ask.
For the music of today I choose a tune that is on a CDr that I made today for Bert Taken. It is from a famous Dutch violinist, Frans Poptie, who is originally a jazz musician, but here he does a cover of Popcorn. Guess why!