Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Postage Stamp Inspired Illustrations

Usually I try to base envelope illustrations on something in my letter, or on something in the letter I am responding to. Sometimes, though, I get an idea for an illustration based on the stamp I chose for the envelope.

The stamp depicting Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird inspired this sketch of a
mockingbird (with dialog courtesy of Kurt Vonnegut). Mailed June 4, 2011

The wonderful neon "Celebrate!" stamp inspired this address in white gel
ink and colored pencil. Mailed Sept. 9, 2011

A penpal's gift of pens, vintage Christmas stamps, and a wish led to
this illustration. Mailed Dec. 19, 2011

"Self-portrait" as Judas figure inspired by Chinese New Year stamp. Mailed May 24, 2013

The stamp commemorating Johnny Cash inspired this prison themed envelope with the stamp used
as a poster on the cell wall, and lyrics to "San Quentin" and "Folsom Prison Blues" in white and
black ink used to highlight and shade the cell bars. Mailed Sept. 9, 2013

 "The Gift of the Magi" illustration was inspired by the O.Henry stamp, and,
of course, the Christmas season. Mailed Dec. 24, 2013

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