Thursday, December 5, 2013

Hourly Work

In my daily and ongoing quest to make a living as a graphic designer, I take on many and varied jobs which pay hourly.

This week, I've been "vectorizing" vintage labels for Charles of Helmar Brewing Art and History.

He's an artist who creates super cool faux baseball ephemera. When you seen one of his baseball cards, for example, you'd never guess that it is actually a new product. His super secret method of distressing the items really does the trick.

He's got hundreds of followers who collect his stuff, and he is often commissioned to do custom pieces.

I spent a week once clipping heads of baseball players from the backgrounds. It's not glamorous work, but I look at it this way:  I'm not waiting tables.

Here's a sample of what I've been working on this week. These are two old cigar box labels.

I can't wait to see what he does with them.