30 January, 2014
Original photo and other artist submission found here.
6 January, 2014
Late last year, I put together a 2014 calendar on Lulu that I gave out as Christmas gifts to members of my family. I figured it would make a nice personalized stocking stuffer, plus it gave me an excuse to crank out some new illustrations (I am always more productive when I have a project to focus on).
After debating several themes for the calendar, I ended up letting the approach (black and white brush drawings, each featuring a different spot color) tie the wide range of subjects together. Doing 13 new illustrations seemed like a daunting task when I was getting started, but I was surprised to find that the process of doing them went a lot smoother than I might have expected.
If anyone is interested in getting one of the calendars for themselves, you can do so here. Lulu uses a print on demand process, so I don’t have an inventory of the calendars to hand out — they are printed as ordered. Given the printing process, I was surprised to find that print quality of the illustrations is actually pretty good. The anal retentive designer in me, however, finds the design of the calendar grids a little clunky (the Lulu interface generates the grid itself). Perhaps somewhere down the road I will do a limited print run of calendars that I design from the ground up, but for now these work out pretty well.
If you have a burning need to have some more Trev in your life, or you just forgot to get a 2014 calendar, check ’em out!