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This gallery represents some of the graphic works I have done over the last few years. Some were commissions, others, exercises in graphic imagery
The proposed book cover was commissioned by Don Meredith author of Varieties of Darkness which was came out in hardback and paperback in December last year. In the event the publisher chose to commission another cover, which can be seen on the Amazon site by clicking onto the title of the book. Personally, I think mine is better.
The maps of Egypt, The Gilf Kebir and Italy have been included as illustrations to the text and appear in monochrome.
Varieties of Darkness is Don Meredith’s voyage of discovery to the places described in Michael Ondaatje’s Booker-prize winning novel The English Patient.
The K2 designs sprang from an idea for a product I had many years ago. The design exercise was an experiment in how to exploit photoshop to the maximum to create new forms of lettering. Designers untrained in traditional typography, hand lettering and calligraphy will always be limited by their inexperience. Computers can appear to do a lot, but nothing can make up for real knowledge. A professional graphic designer is trained to create custom lettering to fit the job, and cannot rely totally on computers for that.
The posters and business cards were for my partner in life and work, Angelica Westerhoff. Her portraits are very well-known throughout the province of Cádiz and her reputation is growing in the rest of Spain. Her work hangs on the walls of homes in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Bilbao and many other cities.
She also has German, Swedish and English clients. An American antiques dealer has commissioned two oil portraits of his dogs.
Her surreal paintings also attract much attention, as do her sketches of Conil and humorous drawings.
The Frusitos jelly bears are shown in their stages of development from initial sketches to virtually the finished product. Development of images and logos takes a lot of time and good results depend on good communication between designer and client. Unfortunately, this job ended very unhappily for me.
Copyright © 2011 Bryan Hemming
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