Today in the stamp drawer is a design I whipped up from elements created for a freelance project I have underway. And it’s a little reminder that, here in the US, our stamp prices have gone up to 46¢ for a standard First Class stamp. Unfortunately, this stamp won’t get your letter anywhere, let alone to the moon :) The USPS does have some fun new designs for 2013 though. Check out the Postal Store here.
I thought it would be nice to create a series of stamps that feature places I’ve been and loved. Copenhagen, Denmark was one of the first places to pop to mind when I began to sketch out ideas. Even though I only spent a couple days there during a Scandinavia tour last summer, the city made such an impression on me. It’s a visually-rich place: the architecture, the bicycles, the waterways, the gardens, the design-minded folks everywhere and, of course, the little mermaid. This stamp features that famous Mermaid of Copenhagen, which we saw during a canal tour.
So this morning in the stamp drawer is my second attempt at an original stamp design, which turned out to be a bit trickier than the first. I tried to keep it simple but, using more line than shape to define the scene (my usual illustration style is super line-based but my first stamp design was more shape-oriented), the design’s scalability to actual stamp size is not the best. But this is a process of learning and experimentation and fun and I’m happy with the result nonetheless. Looking forward to making more!
Howdy my philatelic friends! This morning in the stamp drawer is my very first stamp design, commemorating the upcoming Chinese New Year! I’m looking forward to entering the Year of the Snake—mainly because I’ll get to go enjoy San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade (which is always awesome) and, well, because I really like drawing snakes! I have a mighty good excuse to draw even more snakes than usual this year!
For this design I tried to play with a limited palette; simple, hand drawn shapes; a no frills typeface (Futura) and a nice, papery texture overlay to give the design an authentic, stamp-ish feel. I quite like how it came out!
See the design a bit larger here. Thanks for visiting and do stay tuned for more stamps and original stamp designs!