This summer I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition at Oxford's Bodleian Library. J.R.R. Tolkien was an extraordinary artist, not just a writer but an illustrator, a calligrapher, and a painter to cite a few of his many talents. He's had a huge impact on my own work, and after attending the show I was inspired to create heraldic devices in the same vein as those that Tolkien created for his characters from his First Age.
I initially drew each of my devices freehand with pencil and fountain pen, before creating digital versions that I then traced with pen and colored. I assembled my final version digitally, where I made further edits. Several of the devices have already been assigned to various people in my life, including the center piece which is my own. Hope you like it!
I'm pleased to present my 19th font, Microchip! I drew the first three characters back in March, but then in a sudden burst of creativity I brought it all the way across the finish line this week. Normally I take much more time than that with my fonts, but this little guy just wanted to be released now! Microchip has some really mid-'70s influences, and I think it would pair well with any computer powered by an Intel 8080 microprocessor.
As always, you can install Microchip free for personal use, and there's a commercial license available, too.
Welcome to the 27th iteration of this website!
For this new edition, I've made a lot of changes. Let's start with the basics: an entirely redesigned nav. The new nav focuses on what I'm working on now. Projects that I no longer spend very much time on – such as painting – have found their way to a new section of the site called The Archives. The Archives is a new portal where you can find the bulk of my older or one-off work. I've already added a few new-to-the-web items in there, and I'll likely be adding more. My hope is that this new portal clears the decks for the things I'm working on (or at least, the things I'm working on and ready to make public): type design, books, and photos.
The new homepage will focus on the top two most recent things that I want to profile. (Right now it's featuring my latest batch of photos, which stem from a recent family trip to the British Isles. More to come on that later!)
I hope you like the new look and feel. I'll be tweaking it more over the coming days.
Another lovely weekend has come and gone, and I've finished up a few little creative things. First, here's the sixth entry in my ongoing pen and paper series Marginalia. Second, if you head over to my photo blog, Written in 35 mm, you'll find a host of new images I shot in the wild, untamed corners of Clark County, Washington. Take a look at both!
H.G. Blakeman is a graphic designer and copywriter based in the Pacific Northwest. Looking for something you can't find? Check The Archives.