It took much longer than I thought it would. Forever, in fact. Hours and hours and hours of odd, tedious tinkering. But here it is.
Perhaps it's the unique, multi-faceted charm of Lelend that made it such a daunting subject, but for whatever reason I've long been intimidated by the task of creating a travel print for Fishtown, and I'm very happy to have finally done it.
Below you can see an early screenshot which includes some of the initial ideas for color treatment and how those compare to the final product.
The Village Cheese Shanty. The Dam Candy Shop. Carlson's. The Cove. Janice Sue.
Chances are you already know where I'm going with this. The above mentioned are but a handful of the iconic institution's populating Leland's beloved "Historic Fishtown."
Like most subjects of Mighty Mitten prints, Leland is a place that is special to me. A place I've been visiting and relishing since childhood. This has made it an obvious subject to tackle, but also a daunting one, which might help explain why it's taken me so long to rise to this particular challenge... whethe...
When someone sees a Mighty Mitten print, I want them to feel at least a glimpse of the energy and magic of the real place. Otherwise, what's the point? It's not art if it doesn't make you feel something. So when I choose a Michigan city or landmark as a subject, I really do try my best to make it something special.
But hey, nobody's perfect. Sometimes I fall short. Or sometimes I look back on a print from a few years ago and think, man, I could make that better...
So I do!
Today I finished making some tweaks to two Mighty Mitten prints: Pictu...
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