Jeanine Colini is a Tucson-based artist and graphic designer whose work has been exhibited internationally in numerous juried shows. Come see a variety of their work throughout the month of August.
Jeanine taught graphic design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and typography at Woodbury University in Burbank, California.
As far back as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with letterforms and alphabets. So it’s no coincidence that I’ve spent 25 years enhancing the written word as a publications designer—working with so many words made up of so many letters.
I took mechanical drawing in junior high school, the main attraction being the hand-rendered block letters that accompanied each drawing. Each letter was meticulously drawn with a wood pencil. In my high school art class, we were given the assignment to hand copy an entire alphabet. I chose a ’70s-era lettering design, carefully drawing the beautifully swirling shapes and then filling them in with India ink. I was hooked.
For my illustration thesis at Pratt I created an illustrated alphabet where each character is a different animal. The design process involved coaxing animal shapes into letterform shapes in such a way that both creature and character appear natural and comfortable. The final artwork, titled “A to Zoo,” is rendered in watercolor and ink.
“Art of the State” is my type-inspired map of the United States. Inspired by ’70s design motifs, each letter is hand drawn and organic in nature. In this design process, the geographical shape of each state is formed by the letters that spell the state’s name—topography emerges from typography!
“A to Z Cactus” alphabet is inspired by the cactus in the Sonoran Desert—from the majestic Saguaro, to the ubiquitous prickly pear, to the charming hedgehogs with their brightly colored blooms. Each letter is an original design, hand-drawn and rendered in watercolor and ink. My whimsical interpretation shapes cactus into letters in unusual ways that are sure to make you smile :-)