This was a print project near and dear to my caffeine-riddled heart. 3-colors (black, white & fluorescent pink) on 18"x24" chipboard.
I got asked to participated in a coffee/espresso themed print show at Foam here in St. Louis, and how could I pass that up? I had an idea that was a continuation of this weird thing I made as part of a Devo t-shirt design contest last year:
It would get int the nuts 'n bolts of "HOW COFFEE WORKS", externally & internally...
...from the bush to the brain.
I gathered a bunch of reference, did a bunch of sketches, took apart my old Mr. Coffee, and started drawing all the pieces in Illustrator.
I was having a hard time squeezing all my usual junk -- flames, bulging eyeballs, cross-sections of brains & beans -- into an 18" x 24" rectangle...
...and liked the simplicity of the "coffee helmet" guy by himself, so I made the painful decision to eliminate all my usual junk and so something much simpler for a change. Thanks to my wife bolstering my courage (and giving me the 'US Patent# joke):
While posting this picture I just realized that I mix most of my silkscreen inks in old coffee cans. And I don't rinse them out very well, so you can be assured that some coffee grounds made their way into each and every print.
If you're interested, I believe they've still got a bunch of these for sale for $30 down at Foam (at the corner of Cherokee & Jefferson), otherwise catch up with me later. You'll be able to find me; just smell for the coffee breath.