Saturday, October 29, 2011

Ex Libris: A Book Plate

This fall I am taking a class called Illustration as Design as Illustration with Melanie Marder Parks at The School of Visual Arts, where you explore ways to incorporate hand-drawn illustration and lettering into graphic design. Our first assignment was to design a book plate for yourself or as a gift for someone, and here is what I came up with. It is for my husband (who is a professional bookworm), featuring Sam, the beautiful black lab he grew up with.

I drew the illustration and lettering on a bristol board with a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen. After scanning it and cleaning it up in Photoshop, I printed it on Crane Lettra cardstock.

This assignment made me a huge fan of bookplates. Who knew personalized miniature art adorning the inside cover of your favorite book could make you so happy? I think all booklovers should have one! Here is a great blog for bookplate inspirations.


  1. I love this soooooo much.

  2. Rachael9:58 AM

    Love that! Personal and professional at the same time--sweet.

  3. Oh, that is so has a certain oldfashion look that gets me...
    and as a pro-bookworm i think your husband will appreciate it very much.

  4. What a great gift! I love the ilustration, the letterings, the idea!
    I think the spanish translation for bookworm would be ratón de biblioteca, literally, library mouse. I love that one, bookworm, thanks for discovering it to me! :-)

  5. Oh wow that's so great!

  6. This is amazing - I love the lettering and the drawing... You are taking such AWESOME classes! I wish we had things like that around here!

  7. *Squeal* Thanks so much, everybody!

    Almu, "library mouse" sounds so much cuter than bookworm to me, love that!

  8. looks like letter press feeling!
    :) i love it!

  9. DING DING DING, ding ding ding....I wish YoU A MErrY ChiSTmaS ANd a haPpy nEw YeEAaRr! :-))) ( i never had singing voice... hihihi)
    Hugs Judith