The Temple of the Hand featuring the Museum of the Opposable Thumb – 27 June 2009

The Temple of the Hand featuring the Museum of the Opposable Thumb - ink on paper, about 8 1/2" by 11"

The Temple of the Hand featuring the Museum of the Opposable Thumb - ink on paper, about 8 1/2" by 11"

Here’s some lettering I did for my friend Federico and some other friends of ours.  It’s for an installation (?) that they’re doing at Burning Man later this summer.

The hand lettering was based on some other sketchbook lettering I had done – posted here (scroll down to the bottom.)  I think that the sketchbook letter is slightly better… perhaps just a little freer.  The capital T and H aren’t as strong as the lower case lettering, either. (Federico was able to quickly fix a small error of mine – he closed up excess space between the ‘H’ and the ‘a’ in Hand.)

The hand-thumb image was, like a lot of my work, improvised.  Initially the parallel lines were suposed to look like the ridges of a fingerprint, but they ended up looking more line an old linoleum block print, I think. It’s a bit like the work of Jose Guadalupe Posada – an excellent and prolific Mexican graphic artist who is perhaps best known today for his calaveras – like this one:

Calavera by J G Posada - click to enlarge - from Wikipedia

Calavera by J G Posada - click to enlarge - from Wikipedia

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