APRIL 4, 2013
Food and Drink, A Pictorial Archive from Nineteenth Century Sources, selected by Jim Harter. Wood engraving was a popular medium for illustration up until about the 1890's when it began to disappear in favor of newer methods for producing halftone art. A collage of engraved fruit and vegetable images seemed to be the perfect complement to the busy typographic treatment called for by a plethora of cover lines.A recent cover for Sactown Magazine gave me the opportunity to have some fun with lovely old engravings from Dover Books'
The final cover, when too much is not enough.
Sketchbook pages with an assortment of possible cover line renderings.
After some cutting and pasting, a very rough composition, followed by a tight arrangement of type and then, a greyscale rendering including the fruits and vegetables.
Some pages from the Harter book show a variety of garden goodies.
Using a digital technique analogous to John Craig's classic engraving collage style, the each image was scanned, saved as a tiff, imported into Illustrator, given color as an opacity mask and a second color fill using various gradients.
Each of the dozen-plus engravings were scanned, positioned, masked and colored to create the final arrangement. (Yes, it was painstaking work and it did take a long time).