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Origins: Calamityware Plate 3

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I captured some of my insights and discoveries during the creation of the first four Calamityware plates. I thought you might like a glimpse of the creative process so I decided to do a four-part Origins series for the Calamityware Blog. Here's how the sea monster plate came to be. Obviously, this also inspired the Sea Monster Jamboree print.

 

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On a shopping trip to a fish market, I saw this impressive fish with an open mouth.

2

Since I was thinking about big fish, I drew my own version.

3

An article in The Wall Street Journal drew my attention to work by scholars studying the monsters that inhabit the empty spaces of early Renasissance maps.

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Inspired, I spent many delightful days drawing my own collection of sea monsters.

5

Some of my favorites were new to cryptozoology.


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But it’s hard to beat the uncomplicated drama of a really big fish with a really big mouth.

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Drew a preliminary version of a Calamityware plate with a hungry fish and shared the drawing on my Flickr site.

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Drew crisp versions of the temple and bridge to contrast with the hand-drawn quality of the monster. Added borders and refined a digital file for production as Calamityware plate 4. Ta da.

 

Comments on this post (1)

  • Mar 12, 2018

    Thank you for bringing us along on your design process!
    I love to follow along and see early sketches as much as the finished work and product.
    Did you use Illustrator (or equivalent vector program) to create the borders?

    — Pat

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