Greetings! February and March have been project-filled months for me. One of the fun new things I’ve been working on is putting together four designs each for four collections of checks.
I recently became one of CheckAdvantage.com‘s licensed artists—a collaboration I am quite pleased about. I’ve always preferred using colorful, artistically designed checks of my own choosing as opposed to the drab zero-personality bank issued ones. I think paying for things (and especially paying bills) should be fun, so getting to see my own designs on checks will be exciting.
CheckAdvantage was interested in a collection of dog-themed checks, as well as a cat-themed one. But they were open to just about anything for the other collections so that gave me a chance to think about what I could do with different styles and themes. The check format presents a few interesting challenges, including the check shape itself along with the various sections on a typical check with account and routing numbers and text that need to considered. After designing each collection, I made a folding checkbook cover design to go with each collection. This was all done with the use of check and checkbook cover templates provided by CheckAdvantage.
I enjoyed playing with ways to crop and format some moon-themed abstract paintings (including the two seen here), and those became a Full Moon series.
Often, cropping an image can completely change the feel and context of it and not in a good way. But I was happy to find that wasn’t the case with many of my moon-themed pieces, some of which looked great with just a detail section and others that just required a bit of repainting of sections.
I’ve finished three collections so far and am very close to finishing the fourth one. After that, there will be proofs to see and then off to market they go!