Artist crush: Jessica Hische

It’s a long time since I did my first artist crush post about Erik Marinovich, but I really enjoy sharing my artistic inspirations/icons and talking about how awesome they are!!

If you love hand lettered anything haven’t heard of Jessica Hische, then this blog post is for you because she has amazing typography skills! Her work has been published on pretty much everything, from book covers to art prints to product labels. She did a beautiful typography collection of hardback classics for Penguin Books and is responsible for the MailChimp logo too. Take a look at some of her work below…

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And she has a fantastic class on Skillshare about designing stand-out drop cap lettering, inspired by the Penguin Books project, where she talks about her process and design journey, in all her nerdy glory!

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Amen sister!  Her website is pretty awesome (if you click on the heart on the top right corner you can change the setting to different modes, including teenage girl – complete with flashing stars and unicorns! Check it out here!)

Do you have a favourite designer that you want to share? Tell us all about them in the comments below!

Quote of the day

I’m always looking for new quotes to practice my hand-lettering on, or to give me a bit of a boost when I’m feeling unmotivated and blocked creatively. I found this one by Brené Brown particularly inspiring today, it basically encapsulates everything I feel about putting my artwork out into the world, so I made it into a poster. I hope you find it helpful too!

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Are there any quotes that particularly inspire you? Let me know! 🙂

If You Never Did You Should…

I learnt to read with Dr Seuss. I loved the nonsense rhymes and tongue-twisters of books like Oh The Places You’ll Go and One Fish, Two Fish. The colourful pictures of strange furry creatures and worlds captured my imagination. But I really haven’t given them a second thought since I was five, until recently I was scouring the internet for something to practice hand-lettering with (it’s amazing how quickly you go through quotes!) and I stumbled across page upon page of wisdom from Dr Seuss. I don’t remember his books being so philosophical – but really at four is that such a surprise? Still, reading his poems as an adult is a completely different experience – I can see now what he was trying to teach through silliness. His poems are really about the realities of life: building confidence, trying new things, not being afraid to be alone and different, to have fun without hurting people and to read lots and lots of books! He doesn’t shy away from the bad stuff, but encourages kids to have confidence in themselves to face it, which is fantastic really. Very Bruno Bettleheim.

Anyway, so it was my Grandma’s birthday last weekend, and instead of a card I ended up illustrating this quote for from Dr Seuss. She adores nonsense poetry and is always writing limericks and silly verses for her friends and daughters. For a lady who, by her own description ‘is not blind, she just can’t see’, she’s done some pretty amazing things: cycled down the Danube, walked the Camino trail, travelled all over the place, baked the most amazing and crazy-elaborate birthday cakes for me and all my cousins growing up. I thought this would be perfect.

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