Stumptown Preview #2: Envelopes

I’ll be selling copies of all my books at Stumptown this weekend, including the new one, Extreme Perspective! For Artists: Learn the Secrets of Curvilinear, Cylindrical, Fisheye, Isometric, and Other Amazing Systems that Will Make Your Drawings Pop Off the Page. And just like last year I will be selling copies of decorated envelopes I’ve sent to various correspondents over the years, with the original addresses digitally erased and the stamps pixellated, so that you can send them to your own pen pals.

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Perspective Police!

Happy April Fool’s Day! No fooling, today I’m starting a new feature on this blog, where I use my expertise (as demonstrated in my two books Perspective! and Extreme Perspective!) to demonstrate the lapses, inconsistencies and violations of Perspective Law in my fellow artist’s technique. Call it “Perspective Police!”

David Chelsea is listening to: Ben Folds Presents: University a Cappella!

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Isometric Exercises: Great Minds Think Alike

Detail from "Playtime" by Joe Matt
Detail from "Playtime" by Joe Matt

Following up on the recent post about my own illustration and comics drawn using isometric projection, here is a survey of work by other artists using isometric methods (not all of which conforms strictly to formula, but these guys are cartoonists, illustrators, photographers and fine artists, not architectural draftsmen).
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Isometric Exercises

Theater flyer, 1984
Theater flyer, 1984

That hexagonal envelope in my recent post about letters to Amy got me to digging out other images I’ve done over the years in isometric projection. Wikipedia defines it as “a method for visually representing three-dimensional objects in two dimensions in technical and engineering drawings. It is an axonometric projection in which the three coordinate axes appear equally foreshortened and the angles between any two of them are 120 degrees”.
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Letters To Amy

I’m one step closer to that comprehensive collection of decorated envelopes I have been vaguely planning- the other day my friend Amy Schoppert dropped by from Tacoma with a paper sack full of envelopes she saved from the years we sent each other snail letters (Amy is Amy Schoppert now; when I went to school with her she was Amy King, but for most of the years we corresponded she was Amy Lear. It’s complicated.). I’m in the process of scanning them all, but here are a few favorites.
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