Tag Archives: typography


Finally! The finished product! This is a piece I made for my screenprinting class.  It’s meant to be a chaotic piece in which things look jumbled and messy and a little overwhelming. I came up with the phrase after being prompted with the word “Obsession.” It forced me to think about what I am obsessed with. Which is more an obsession with thoughts and letting myself have the same conversations in my head over and over, to the point that it consumes me.  This idea of perfection (personified by the flowers and the colors) and achieving perfection and greatness that overwhelms my mind (as exemplified by the intertwining ribbon and the spastic lines of color). And all of the text is drawn by hand, even though I probably could have done it on the computer. I wanted that human touch, and the ability to tweak the font to make it fit the piece better.

Courtney Larsen “Obsession” 12″x16″ screenprint

And then here is my second version. I really like it, but I don’t think it has the same finished quality as the purple, like it needs one more thing to make it look complete. I have an insane amount of lime green ink that I am now trying to use on every project in order to get rid of it. Turns out a little lime green goes a long way….

Courtney Larsen “Obsession” v.2 12″x16″ screenprint

Tagged , , ,

New Graduate Show at ASU- My poster design

For one of my classes we had a poster design competition for the upcoming New Grad Exhibition at ASU, and mine got chosen!  I spent WAAAAAAYYY too much time on this poster.  All the text is drawn by hand… I realize a computer probably could have done this, but it would lack the love.

It’s actually a combination of hand-drawn and digital work.  I drew all of the letters and border in graphite, then scanned it into my computer and inverted the colors.  I took a chalkboard image I found on google as the background, but as I messed around with the image, it turned out not to be quite chalkboard-y enough.  So I layered another, dirtier looking chalkboard image behind it and erased part of the image out using photoshop. Then it was just a matter of getting the text to be white enough to pop against the background.

Here is the finished product, and some of the before images:

Before photoshopping (you’ll notice I took out the “THE”, which I think was the right choice):

Detail of the beautiful swirly ribbon:

Here’s the link to the ASU Herberger Institute’s page with more details on the show, and dates and all that good stuff.  There are some really inspiring pieces of art, and impressive new graduate students.

Tagged , , , ,

Drawing is better than doing other things

Tracing paper is a girl’s best friend.  And so is procrastination.  I have been putting off all “real” work in lieu of drawing on layers and layers of tracing paper for my screen printing class.  I love it.  BUTTTTT it’s a bummer to have put in hours and hours of work on something as fragile as tracing paper…  I think I’m going to take advantage of the light table in studio and make this same drawing in black and white.

Here’s a sneak peek on what I’ve been working on.  The text is all hand drawn, which I was really proud of… until my teacher told me how much faster it would have been to just do it on the computer…. ugh!  I am a complete believer that there is something special about doing something by hand, something very genuine and personal and intimate, that cannot be replicated by a machine.  You will undoubtedly get perfection, but what’s interesting about that?

The piece is kind of bubblegumy and sherbet-y, but not quite as overwhelmingly as the pictures make it seem.

Current type obsession: Pistilli Roman. OOOoooOOooOOoOoOOo! Gives me goosebumps just thinkin about it!

On an unrelated note, Band of Horses is coming to Tempe in a couple of weeks, and I’m super pumped.

Tagged , ,

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 74 other followers