Hi! I'm Jessica. (You might also know me as bluucat.) I'm an illustrator, letterer, and designer who likes working with small businesses.
personal work, illustration,
Illustration of ML Liebler.
He came to perform at the River Gallery while I was helping out at an event, and I sketched his profile.
advertisement, design, chelsea river gallery,
Advertisement in Ceramics Monthly, for River Gallery Chelsea.
The River Gallery came into possession of a large amount of Daniel Rhodes’ ceramics, drawings, and sketches, and needed an ad that would fit the theme of his work while still matching the Ceramics Monthly magazine’s style.
illustration, fairy tales,
Illustrations based on the recently discovered fairy tale by von Schoenwerth, “The Turnip Princess”.
These were completed as part of a post-grad class assignment, to try to imagine what the illustrations for this story would have looked like if it had been released to the public at the turn of the century instead of in 2012.
chelsea river gallery, design, art fair,
Various print materials and graphics for social media, for the Chelsea Art Market 2013.
I was in charge of creating content and maintaining the Art Market’s Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr, and helping to lay out the booths on the street.
I also created posters, parking passes, and drew a 8’ x 4’ chalk mural of the mascot to attract potential visitors and welcome them to the street the fair was held on.
illustration, personal work,
Some personal work.
Lots and lots of illustrations of tomatoes — originally was thinking of pairing these with lettering and making a book, but I liked them on their own a little better.
Pen & ink and photoshop for colors.
I provided the files for these to readers of my blog to hand out, and printed several on business card sized cardstock — they’re intended to be given to people you feel less than favorably towards. Not necessarily people you dislike, just people you feel socially obligated to recognize on holidays and would rather not.
I didn’t hand any out myself, except as jokes — I ended up posting a couple stacks at bars by my apartment, for other people to find and use.
design, lettering, logo,
Logo for Antilab debate workshops at the University of Iowa.
Intended to look similar to a 70s/80s punk logo for stickers and pins.
design, logo, packaging,
Logo design and label designs & mockups for thinkMatcha, an Ann Arbor startup working on bringing a high quality ethical matcha tea option to the US.
To my knowledge, these were never used, but I loved learning about the different grades of matcha and incorporating that into the label.
This brand is the highest grade, and the color choices are intended to match the color of the tea inside. We also wanted to make a really clean, healthy looking tea label to make matcha seem a little less medicinal and ‘weird’ to the average American tea buyer.
Lastly, the leaf pattern on the different label iterations is of course, hand drawn and inked with sumi-e.
Selected warmups inspired by Welcome to Night Vale.
Here in Detroit, we had a heat wave in July coinciding with the River Gallery being closed briefly, and I was stuck inside for over a week - I decided to use my unexpected free time to brush up on my design skills by creating some logotype, badges, and possible signage for the fictional businesses of the podcast Welcome to Night Vale.
All of them are retro-inspired, some referenced directly from 1950s Western American signs and ads, since I’ve always felt that Night Vale is a throwback to midcentury radio and television serials.
These are my favorites out of about fifteen or so.
Lettering for a collaboration site with Dylan Box called Fuck You, Pay Me, which was conceived of, mocked up, and launched in a single weekend.
Fyoupay.me is intended as a combination joke and resource — on one hand, I hope nobody actually gets sent this by a freelancer. On the other hand, we’ve collected a lot of articles on why it’s important to make sure your designers get paid on time and paid fairly, both for ethical and practical reasons.
We went through about twelve drafts of lettering before deciding on the ‘loopy’ version here — maybe in the future, it’ll include the others as well.