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.