Painting by Letters
Canadian illustrator & letterer, Darren Booth, produces these rich, layered designs with just a pencil and paintbrush. “It’s about 99% analog. The only digital part is when I scan work.”, he told The Great Discontent in a recent interview.
There is also some subtle collage mixed in with the paint, that you can see. This was by his own admission, a quick way of avoiding mixing-up new paint for retouching . “Instead, I just cut out a piece of paper, stuck it on, and it was done. I was catering to my own laziness and eventually, it became a thing.”
There is certainly a unique, textured, solid quality the comes from the build up layers. This style has attracted big name clients such as Coca-Cola, Aol and The New York Times. He also recently created an award winning cover for Steve Martin’s novel, An object of beauty.
Ampersand: Personal work
Vital: for the US band Anerlin
‘O’: Daily Drop Cap for Jessica Hische