Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Wilson Allen Design
Kimber Creek's name and logo are inspired by one of MG's founders, Cecil Kimber. My work included altering and creating new letters from an analysis of Kimber's correspondence to ensure the new shapes felt authentic.
Sunday, April 26, 2020 Wilson Allen Design
Event Branding for Guild of Book Workers annual Standards of Excellence conference in Atlanta Georgia
Thursday, September 26, 2019 Wilson Allen Design
The idea of Gather Over grew from a need for connection, dialog, and sense of community and to support makers and artists within those communities. Contributing works and meals helped to spark discussion and I calligraphed quotes selected by Macey Ley and Ramie Little relating to the topic of 'judgment'. The pamphlet was designed in collaboration with Ciel Rodriguez who printed it on a Vandercook Letterpress. The diverse letterforms creating the word Judgment relate to the diverse group of people who will eat and discuss with each other at the dinner.
Friday, October 26, 2018 Wilson Allen Design
Book design for SAIC Intermediate Typography class. This was the Final Project titled, ""The Wyeths: Andrew and Jamie." My instructor was Mark Stammers.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Wilson Allen Design
A poster created for a hypothetical Architecture Lecture lecture series at SAIC for an Intermediate Typography class taught by Mark Stammers.
Thursday, March 15, 2018 Wilson Allen Design
This piece is a collaborative work with Eli Hamilton and Ciel Rodriguez. The three of us were all students in Cathie Ruggie-Saunders advanced letterpress class and when we discovered that each of us grew up near Atlanta Georgia decided that we had to make something out of it. The work involves graphic elements and handset type on curves to talk about how the state and those in it impacted our growth and eventually led us to Chicago.
Sunday, December 10, 2017 Wilson Allen Design
Hand Atlas uses text from Gray’s Anatomy formed into images creating layers of the human hand. It starts with the Surface anatomy, then Veins; Fasciae and Muscle; and Bones. By making the image out of text it makes a new relationships between the form and content.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 Wilson Allen Design
Them Bones is a series of letterpress printed illustration based on the spiritual song written by James Weldon Johnson written in the early 1900s. The skeleton is based on the Albinus scientific illustration from the 1700s. The first page begins with only the first line of the song inked at the "foot bone." Each page has another piece of the print inked ending at "the head bone." Because letterpress printing creates an impression into the paper you can feel the entire print on each page even when it is not inked.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Wilson Allen Calligraphy
"Only a Few Words Today, and that too with Pencil" is an illustration of a letter written by the classical composer Beethoven to a lover who has never been identified. Available from the store as a greeting card and as a 11" x 14" or 16" x 20" Giclée print
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Wilson Allen Illustration
"Seaside Nights" is an oil painting commissioned by Forrestt Newkirk as part of the decoration for a Homeschool prom. It is available from my store as a greeting card and 11" x 14" or 16" x 20" Giclée
Thursday, January 15, 2015 Wilson Allen Illustration
Welcome to Darkmoor is the title of a stop motion animated film made by my brother Harrison Allen. I helped by using my calligraphy to make the town sign.
Monday, June 16, 2014 Wilson Allen Calligraphy
"Be Batman" was originally designed as a graduation gift for my friend, Stuart Dover. After it was seen in my portfolio, I made a version for a priest as a notecard. The priest was looking for something that was more hip for writing letters of encouragement and thanks to young people in the church youth group. Available as a notecard from my store.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Wilson Allen Calligraphy
I created this calligraphically illustrated boat for my godfather Kevin's memorial as a way to give him the Viking Burial he always wanted.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 Wilson Allen Illustration
“Everyman: Everymachine” was my T-shirt design for a manufacturing appreciation week contest in which I participated while I was in high school. The Roosevelt quote conveys the idea that the strength of industry comes from its workers. The head formed from gears is meant to have an everyman quality. The profile references one of the men watching the speaker in Norman Rockwell’s Freedom of Speech (based on a Roosevelt speech). I liked the idea that this tied the three things together.
Sunday, June 10, 2012 Wilson Allen Illustration
"The Darkest Shade of White" was originally an illustration for a novel by Stuart Dover of the same name. It is available from my store as a notecard or as an 11" x 14" or 16" x 20" Giclée Print.
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Anne Marie Jenkins - Portrait
Illustration
September 27, 2014
Anne Marie Jenkins - Portrait
A portrait created as a birthday gift for my godmother. The image is of her mother, Anne Marie Jenkins. While on a trip to the hospital to visit Mrs. Jenkins, I began to sketch her while she and my mother and godmother visited. At the time Mrs. Jenkins was terminally ill and 80 years old mother; she was in the hospital with pneumonia. At her directions, I was taking great pains to leave out the bruises on her face from a recent fall when Mrs. Jenkins said, “Get rid of my wrinkles and give me more hair.” Out of a sense of self preservation, I changed the piece to look like a familiar photo of her at thirty. Later at a gathering, I watched her proudly show it off. “Oh, this is you when you were younger,” her friends said. “Oh no,” she beamed, “This was me two weeks ago in the hospital.”
A Reading from the Letter of James
Calligraphy
May 20, 2014
A Reading from the Letter of James
This piece was calligraphed for my friend, Ryan Elizabeth Newkirk, who is now Ryan Besel, on the occasion of her garduation from high school. Ryan chose the biblical passage, and the butterfly illustrations were used because of her personal affinity for them. Butterflies also takes the event of someone graduation and going out into out into the world and symbolizes it by showing the butterfly emerging from its chrysalis.
Miss Sarah McLeod - Portrait
Illustration
January 30, 2014
Miss Sarah McLeod - Portrait
The portrait of Miss Sarah McLeod was produced for Mrs Sibley Wheeler nee Fleming, a family friend, as a surprise for Miss Sibley’s sister. Created from a tattered black and white reference photo with verbal descriptions of the dress and the woman's affinity for sun tanning. This portrait that I created when I was a teenager, gave me one of my first glimpses of the intense emotions my work could generate. Upon receiving the painting, the sister held it like it was fragile and delicate, tears in her eyes, “That’s the color I remember of Mama’s hair. I’ve always told myself I could remember the color of her hair.” A heartbreaking pause, “You know, Mama died when I was four.” Until then, I didn’t realize that I was producing the only color photo these women had of a mother lost too soon. The wave of emotion my art produced was intense and new to me.