Hey Jon. On the select pieces of work you do that incorporate complex illustrations (the BKC seal, BKC anchor shirt, a lot of the casualty killers apparel, the skull on the glass, the wild cat with the comb in its mouth) are those found or drawn pieces? How much do you incorporate found items into your work?
The majority of those complex pieces you see were designed by my partner at Onetwentysix Design Studios, Matt Gorton. He used a collage technique using vintage found pieces and illustration. A small portion of those were hand drawn by me, but for the most part, those are all Matt. Check out his photography on his site as well, though it’s a bit out of date. He’s an amazing photographer, as well as designer, and works with me on CXXVI Clothing Co.
You may have already been asked this, but when it comes to you doing hand-lettering, do you directly look at other type while you draw? Basically do you try to stylize existing typefaces, or create something unique?
I'm a big fan of your work btw.
A little bit of both. There are times I need to reference specific styles for certain projects, but for the most part, I’ve done so much research and obsessed over so much ephemera that I can basically pull stylistic ideas straight out of the old grey matter.
Hey Jon, big fan! I gotta quick question about timing. How long should a typical lettering project take? I often find myself sweating over small details and trying to perfect things, how do you know when to call it quits, finish and move on to the next project?
Every job is different, but if you find yourself getting too involved with details and not knowing when to stop then you need to consider two things:
Will these perfect details really make this illustration better?
Is it worth my time to keep working on this instead of wrapping it up and starting something new.
If you can answer yes to both, then time means nothing. If you answer no to one or both, then either wrap it up and move on or start it over and get into a better groove.