Ethan Allen Smith
I created this 25" x 9" calendar as a New Year's thank you to some of the wonderful people in my life. It was featured on For Print Only on 18 February 2014. It was also a featured print at the Austin Institute for Graphic Awesomeness
I was excited to use metallic gold ink in a project (after having wonderful success on my previous project using copper). After sketching out the concept, I used star charts to lay out the night sky. Each of the nearly 3,000 stars were placed individually.
Along with the original run of 80 posters, an additional 10 were created with a third screen. This EXTREMELY limited edition included the birthdays and anniversaries of all of my wife and I's family members.
I don't know that I've ever had more fun with a design project. Both I and my printer were determined to push his equipment to its limits. Getting the fine lines and small shapes required was a challenge, especially because of the consistency of the metallic gold ink. We were also meticulous in the placement of the layers, especially the final "family" layer.
This calendar is available for purchase on Etsy.