July 14, 2005

24: The HOWieZine Cometh

The HOWieZine arrived at work while I took a few days off to move into our new house. And figuring that just about every submitter to the zine has received their copy in the mail, I've decided to post my two pages for all to see. The theme of HOWieZine 3 was black and white. Foreseeing a booklet filled with greyscale solutions – accurately, as it turned out – I had decided to pump my submissions full of colour in hopes they'd stand out.

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The first page Kerry and I came up with was just a goof-around (above), a game to play for the fortunate folk who get the book. I won't go into detail on account of spilling any beans on how to solve the dealie. It's basically a plain ol' matching game based on the zine's theme. The font, one of my current favourites, is Clarendon.

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Our second page (above) gave Kerry an opportunity to flex her poetic muscles, and me a chance to play around with what I love best: birds. This field-guide-inspired number, crafted in FreeHand from rough sketches, features a black-and-white warbler, broken down to two tones and kept super-simple with Helvetica.

Here's Kerry's featured poem. It's very sweet.

outside our window
nimble warblers tiptoe
between twigs, spinning
their thin songs into threads
fine enough to line their nests

my lips creep along the branch
of your arm, until i find
the best spot to nestle
into your chest and listen
to the soft beat of wings,
like a small bird
trapped inside a house


lew! said...

like your page jeope, it odes infact stand out.
but i am afraid i am struggling with the game.

lew! said...

Odes?! - does


Joe said...

Right on! Way to stand out in a crowd! I have to admit I jumped on the greyscale bandwagon but I had sound reasoning for doing so. Nice work.

I haven't received my zine yet (Pattie told me she mailed it today though) but I can't wait!

Allan L. said...

I loves me some Clarendon.

Sheri said...

jeope thanks for the comments on my pages -- LMAO when you said that I had you fooled about drawing 50x pages!!! OMG lot of work... even though i did do hand touches on each one... thanks again --- Your pages were rock star style!!! loved the concept and execution.