Lauren Hom, a talented and popular lettering artist, shared hand lettering work recently. The work came from the subscribers to her digital newsletter, Hom Sweet Hom. She distributes a weekly newsletter with a design or project brief. I decided to subscribe because I wanted to recharge and challenge my hand lettering skills. Below, recent samples of the work I created and produced based from the newsletter. My work and the work of subscribers is available on Instagram through #homwork.
Purpose: to keep my lettering skills sharp and to have some creative fun.
Purpose: to illustrate my experience as a relatively new resident of Concord, CA. I posted the piece to Instagram and tagged the accounts within Concord. My hope was encourage a dialogue between city residents and myself. My goal is update this map periodically. Full map posted below IG post.
Behind the scenes (bottom of post): I started with a pencil sketch. After I photographed it I brought into ProCreate on my iPad Pro. With my Apple Pencil I refined and rendered it in color and added the hand lettering.
Purpose: to encourage contributions to local food banks by illustrating the buying power of a cash donation.
Behind the scenes: A friend who volunteers at a local food bank told me that cash is the better way to support a food bank. The organization has greater purchasing power than the average consumer. After I illustrated this piece on my iPad with ProCreate and animated it with Flip-o-gram I posted it to Instagram. I don’t the result of my effort. I hope it encourages someone to help their local food bank.
Purpose: through words and likeness illustrate the Olympians who received little fanfare and attention.
Illustrator: Alex Savakis. Created on an iPad Pro with the ProCreate app and Apple Pencil.
While I was drawing on my iPad my TV was tuned to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. I heard the TV announcer say, “What gravity?”, in reference to a comment by Mutaz Essa Barshin. Mr. Barshim participated in the high jump. He was the first person to bring home a silver medal for his country, Qatar.
I imagined the elation Mr. Barshim felt as he cleared the high jump bar. I posted the piece to Instagram and Twitter. Two days later it was picked up by an online magazine from Doha, Qatar, who retweeted it.
Hidilyn Diaz was the first female to win a medal for her country, the Philippines. She took home the bronze medal for her weightlifting class. Two weeks after I posted my illustration she was tagged by a friend in the comments section of my Instagram post. The athlete responded. I was thrilled by her comment.
Illustrator/Animator: Alex Savakis. Created on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil. Animated through Photoshop.
According to an article in Men’s Health magazine sawdust is an ingredient in 31 foods. Sawdust is cellulose and is used as a source of fiber. Do we need more fiber in our diets? Apparently we do. The food processors don’t want to lose profits to whole, nutritious foods because they spend countless dollars to create foods that are just short of satisfying your tastebuds. Add cellulose to a product. It’s like vegetables and fruits.