Last year I illustrated this 2016 O Canada Gift Set for The Royal Canadian Mint. How I forgot to blog about it is beyond me, as it is one of the coolest projects I’ve ever worked on. The sets are distributed through Canada Post outlets across Canada. I designed and illustrated both the packaging and the loonie for this set. We wanted a very Canadian package with a more hip and indie vibe to it. It wasn’t possible to actually print on Kraft paper so I included a Kraft paper texture that printed looking just like the real thing.
I also designed the packages for all of the other Gift Sets which included Baby, Wedding, Birthday and Holiday sets. I illustrated the loonie designs on each of those sets as well. Shown here are the images of my O Canada set, as it includes the most illustration and it’s the one I’m very proud of. It was my first time designing packaging. I spent a lot of time tweaking die-lines and colours to make sure everything worked out. I’m incredibly happy with how they turned out.
This illustration of mine was the cover of Sunday’s Boston Globe Magazine. Thanks to my brother for snapping a shot of it. The subject was fall travel of course, but focused on 20 college towns throughout New England to visit when moving your kids into dorms or dropping off care packages (or just journeying around).
I had a lot to work with on this and it was up to me to choose what to draw from a list of 20 college towns. Some of the descriptions were easy to choose: Paul Bunyan statue in Bangor, Maine. Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut (last L in Fall). A covered bridge, and one of the few places I’ve visited, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine (in the letter V).
You may remember I worked on a similar vintage postcard style illustration for the Los Angeles Times in May. I really love working on these but they are a lot of work. This piece ended up being 11 separate paintings that I assembled into the cover illustration, and the text is a font that I modified in Illustrator (with two days from sketch approval to final). I kind of want to do more of them though! Thanks for awesome assignment, Ryan.
Here are some detail shots:
Prints are available here. Time to rake some leaves…