Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Anatomy of a Logo: The Complete Jack Kirby

Greg Theakston, publisher of Pure Imagination, asked me to design the logo for his new series, The Complete Jack Kirby, a collection of Kirby’s illustrations, comic strips and early comic book work. The logo sketches were developed over two days, March 16 and 17, 1993. 

In this design, each word was stacked on its own line. The red perspective and arc guide lines were added next. A tighter drawing was made on velum. 

The same steps, as above, were used on this design.

The bottom sketch on this sheet was made first. The sketch on the following sheet came next. The third sketch is at the top on this sheet.

Two designs were faxed to Greg, who chose the second one.

The design was enlarged on a photocopier. The photocopy was positioned on a light box then a sheet of LetraMax was placed over it. The letters and stars were penciled then inked. A photostat of the final art was sent to Greg.

Below are two volumes from The Complete Jack Kirby series.

Today, August 28, is Jack Kirby’s 95th birthday; photo of Kirby’s birthplace is here. 

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Next post on Monday, Lettering & Calligraphy.