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Act II, 2014

Well I finally took a deep dive back into the deep end of the Shakespeare pool! Act II is the saddle-stitched second act of A Midsummer Night’s Dream which I illustrated, designed, and edited (a bit). This is a look at about half of the illustrations inside!

I’m nervous to say it, but I have big hopes for this book. In addition to being a debut at SPX, it’s the next chapter (pun intended, sorry) of my Shakespeare work. I want to riff off of the previous books but make them cleaner and more sleek with illustrations on just about every page. And I definitely want the laser-cut illustrations in there again!

More info on how to make this a real thing soon I hope! And if you’re going to be at SPX this weekend, I’ll have copies of this with special, hand-embossed stars on the covers and will be doing cut-outs in each book! 

— 1 week ago with 86 notes
#illustration  #books  #crafts  #artists on tumblr  #kevin jay stanton  #shakesepare  #A Midsummer Night's Dream  #act ii  #amnd  #cut paper  #vector  #book art  #titania 

So I’m still fiddling with my diecutter but hot damn, I think I’m in love. Taking the advice of an anon (thanks for being a constructive anon!!), I’ve made some silhouette bookmarks! Also seemed like a good opportunity to rebrand myself with a new logo.

Some of these will be going out to potential clients, but I’m also thinking of putting these up in my shop in a couple different colors maybe. Do you have a favorite design?

— 2 months ago with 49 notes
#illustration  #crafts  #graphic design  #kevin jay stanton  #die-cutter  #books  #bookmarks  #branding  #flowers  #arrows  #design 

Daphne Flees Apollo

Next page from A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Well sorta. I had such a strong mental image of the way Daphne would look becoming a tree that I wanted to do that as a test. The real book (if it gets funded) will have Apollo becoming a tree instead! Really enjoyed making this look like a layered print, and I think I like this style better than the other one. 

Thank you to everyone who proffered advice and critique on the last piece (here, if you haven’t seen it) - I tried to take that into account when working on this!

— 3 months ago with 33 notes
#kevin jay stanton  #Kevin Stanton  #daphne  #apollo  #dryad  #mythology  #shakespeare  #a midsummer night's dream  #amnd  #digital  #books  #book art  #illustration  #artists on tumblr 
Lysander Sleeps
So like I mentioned in my most recent preview post, I’m putting together A Midsummer Night’s Dream on my own. A crazy daunting task, but I’ve been getting some wonderful advice from people along the way. And frankly, what’s the harm in giving it a shot!
I wouldn’t necessarily call this a finished piece for the book, but I sat down to sketch it out and ended up doing a lot more work on it than I’d anticipated. And in doing so, I’ve started to figure out more options for what I can do on this book and unlike the others (like having a dark background on the page where appropriate, and adding stars, etc.). If you have a moment, give me some feedback - how’re you liking the colors and type and the chalky texture and all that? Does the center justified type bother you?

Lysander Sleeps

So like I mentioned in my most recent preview post, I’m putting together A Midsummer Night’s Dream on my own. A crazy daunting task, but I’ve been getting some wonderful advice from people along the way. And frankly, what’s the harm in giving it a shot!

I wouldn’t necessarily call this a finished piece for the book, but I sat down to sketch it out and ended up doing a lot more work on it than I’d anticipated. And in doing so, I’ve started to figure out more options for what I can do on this book and unlike the others (like having a dark background on the page where appropriate, and adding stars, etc.). If you have a moment, give me some feedback - how’re you liking the colors and type and the chalky texture and all that? Does the center justified type bother you?

— 3 months ago with 89 notes
#a midsummer night's dream  #shakespeare  #illustration  #art  #books  #literature  #artists on tumblr  #lysander  #puck  #book art 
Cathy Shoots Adam, 2014 - 7x9.75”, digital with graphite.
Wow, this project is so overdue. Massively overdue. There’s a big story about being assigned this and the struggle I had figuring it out but I’m too relieved to have finished it to get into that yet. I’ll do a process post to show how drastically this has changed (it’s very, very drastic) soon.
What I can say is that this is an unofficial spec piece for The Folio Society from when I met the art director in London a couple of years ago. I piled everything I wanted to push myself to do into this piece: drama, expressive faces, character design, forced perspective, strong lighting, patterns, scene-building. And in the end, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
And if you haven’t read East of Eden or thought you hated Steinbeck as a teenager, I highly encourage it. This is a masterpiece of a novel.

Cathy Shoots Adam, 2014 - 7x9.75”, digital with graphite.

Wow, this project is so overdue. Massively overdue. There’s a big story about being assigned this and the struggle I had figuring it out but I’m too relieved to have finished it to get into that yet. I’ll do a process post to show how drastically this has changed (it’s very, very drastic) soon.

What I can say is that this is an unofficial spec piece for The Folio Society from when I met the art director in London a couple of years ago. I piled everything I wanted to push myself to do into this piece: drama, expressive faces, character design, forced perspective, strong lighting, patterns, scene-building. And in the end, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

And if you haven’t read East of Eden or thought you hated Steinbeck as a teenager, I highly encourage it. This is a masterpiece of a novel.

— 4 months ago with 43 notes
#artists on tumblr  #illustration  #art  #east of eden  #digital  #steinbeck  #cathy ames  #femme fatale  #adam and eve  #cain and abel  #eden  #art nouveau  #literature  #classice novel  #american literature  #books  #book art 

Hamlet, 2012

Laser-cut cover with 5 interior laser-cut illustrations, plus more than 40 other printed spots, motifs, and spreads!

(Source: kevinjaystanton)

— 5 months ago with 614 notes
#shakespeare  #shakespeare's birthday  #Signature Shakespeare  #Sterling Publishing  #sterling signature  #papercraft  #art  #illustration  #artists on tumblr  #books  #book cover  #hamlet  #ophelia 

Much Ado About Nothing, 2012

Laser-cut cover with 5 interior laser-cut illustrations, plus more than 40 other printed spots, motifs, and spreads!

(Source: kevinjaystanton)

— 5 months ago with 473 notes
#shakespeare  #shakespeare's birthday  #Signature Shakespeare  #Sterling Publishing  #sterling signature  #crafts  #books  #papercraft  #laser-cut  #cut paper  #artists on tumblr  #art  #much ado about nothing  #beatrice  #benedick  #illustration  #book cover 

Macbeth, 2012

Laser-cut cover with 5 interior laser-cut illustrations, plus more than 40 other printed spots, motifs, and spreads!

(Source: kevinjaystanton)

— 5 months ago with 383 notes
#shakespeare  #shakespeare's birthday  #Signature Shakespeare  #Sterling Publishing  #sterling signature  #books  #art  #paper cutting  #paper art  #cut paper  #papercraft  #macbeth  #lady macbeth  #gorgon  #illustration  #book cover  #book design 

Romeo and Juliet, 2012

Laser-cut cover with 5 interior laser-cut illustrations, plus more than 40 other printed spots, motifs, and spreads!

(Source: kevinjaystanton)

— 5 months ago with 717 notes
#shakespeare  #Signature Shakespeare  #Sterling Publishing  #sterling signature  #books  #crafts  #papercraft  #cut paper  #laser-cut  #romeo  #juliet  #romeo & juliet  #artists on tumblr  #shakespeare's birthday  #illustration  #book cover  #art 

PHEW! Just finished and shipped my pieces for the incredible show “Winter is Coming” that opens tomorrow at the Ltd Gallery in Seattle (details here!). I just managed to sneak in at the very last moment, so of course I decided to do 7 pieces with some of the most complicated patterns I’ve ever cut (because as melissaling put it, I’m a masochist). 

The show is about the books more than the show, so I kinda gotta tag this a little spoilery, especially if you haven’t watched the show either. I did a personal sigil for seven of my favorite characters: Arya Stark, Sandor Clegane, Coldhands, Olenna Tyrell, Davos Seaworth, Tyrion Lannister, Jaime Lannister. 

Go check this out! The work is going to be so good and I’m incredibly honored to be a part of the show!

— 6 months ago with 67 notes
#game of thrones  #asoiaf  #a song of ice and fire  #winter is coming  #sandor clegane  #the hound  #arya stark  #jaime lannister  #tyrion lannister  #coldhands  #olenna tyrell  #davos seaworth  #cut-paper  #illustration  #art  #television  #books  #sigils 

My next two books, Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet, have finally been published! Here’s a preview of them to go along with the new photos of Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth! This is less than a fourth of the total amount of illustrations in each book!

— 1 year ago with 614 notes
#Hamlet  #Signature Shakespeare  #Books  #Illustration  #Laser-Cut  #Product Shots  #Sterling Publishing  #Sterling Signature  #Kevin Stanton 

My newest two books, Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet, have finally been published! Here’s a preview of them to go along with the new photos of Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth! This is less than a fourth of the total amount of illustrations in each book!

— 1 year ago with 473 notes
#Much Ado About Nothing  #Signature Shakespeare  #Books  #Illustration  #Laser-Cut  #Product Shots  #Sterling Publishing  #Sterling Signature  #Kevin Stanton 

In preparation of my next two books, Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet, being published on November 6th, I wanted to scan in and better show off the amount of illustrations in each of the four books! This is less than a fourth of the total amount of illustrations in each book!

— 1 year ago with 383 notes
#Macbeth  #Signature Shakespeare  #Books  #Illustration  #Laser-Cut  #Product Shots  #Sterling Signature  #Sterling Publishing  #Kevin Stanton 

In preparation of my next two books, Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet, being published on November 6th, I wanted to scan in and better show off the amount of illustrations in each of the four books! This is less than a fourth of the total amount of illustrations in each book!

— 1 year ago with 717 notes
#romeo and juliet  #Signature Shakespeare  #Books  #Illustration  #Laser-Cut  #Product Shots  #Sterling Publishing  #Sterling Signature  #Kevin Stanton 

Macbeth - I thought I’d upload a couple of the interior pieces that I liked from each of the books. 

— 2 years ago with 14 notes
#Macbeth  #Shakespeare  #Kevin Stanton  #Illustration  #Books  #book covers