I have loved writing my mini series of pride-themed blog posts to celebrate this year's Pride Month. So far I have written a list of some amazing LGBTQ+ designers (which featured the creators of the 3 illustrations included above - from top to bottom: Timothy Goodman, Cute Brute and Frances Cannon) and shared my favourite typographic pride project and a little rainbow wishlist.
The rainbow has been a symbol of LGBTQ+ pride ever since Gilbert Baker designed the iconic rainbow flag 40 years ago. Fun fact: the original flag design had 8 colours rather than 6. Each hue had its own meaning; pink was for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for magic, blue for peace and violet for spirit. Nowadays the official pride rainbow has 2 less colours but is more popular than ever, used to decorate celebrations during pride season all over world.
Over the last few days of June, which is officially LGBTQ+ Pride Month, I I have a few pride-themed posts planned. Today’s is all about a colourful typographic project which celebrates the LGBTQ+ community’s iconic rainbow flag and it’s creator. Type With Pride celebrates LGBTQ+ activist and creator the rainbow flag, Gilbert Baker, who sadly passed away last year. To mark his passing and celebrate his life, NewFest and NYC Pride teamed up with Fontself to design a new typeface in his honour.
Last year, Nobrow Press released Mean Girl's Club by Ryan Heshka as part of their 17x23 comic series. Hot off the heels of it's huge success, Nobrow quickly commissioned a full graphic novel from Ryan so he could delve further into the women's backstories and continue their journey with Mean Girls Club: Pink Dawn.
Degree shows are always a great place to discover new illustrative talent. I recently visited Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art degree show in Dundee and was super impressed by the amazing work on display. I am admittedly perhaps a little biased as I am currently studying at DJCAD myself but the work really was brilliant!
Flying Eye Books are with out a doubt my favourite picturebook publisher. The Fying Eye team work together with some of the most talented creatives in the business to produce gorgeous children's books filled with adorable characters and hearty morals which readers of any age can enjoy. I am lucky enough to own quite the collection of their stunning titles and am always intrigued to see what they will be releasing next.
As I said in my Rebooting The Blog post, I have plans to do lots more blogging about men's fashion. Plans include my own spin on fashion illustration and some experiments with creating my own illustrated apparel but today I am starting with a slightly simpler post - a classic wishlist.
At the end of March, I was too busy preparing for my art school hand-in to put together a monthly favourites post so this month's is a double bill. I know I could have just skipped a month but I promised I would create a favourites-themed illustration for every month this year. Plus, too many great things happened in March to skip it!