A Congress Avenue Christmas

I love this time of year. The twinkle of lights on garlands, the smell of pine and cinnamon, the voices of the greats singing classic holiday songs, the crisp Christmas air, the flavored coffees–all of these things put a spring in my step. I feel the happiest during the month of December, and another part of it is that people love to share greetings with their friends and loved ones. That’s where TypeJar comes in.

We were lucky enough to seal the deal for the Central National Bank 2013 holiday greeting card. CNB is located in downtown Austin, in the beautiful Norwood Tower. The architecture is just elegant, so in order to celebrate the regal and stunning character of this building and bank, we offered them hand drawn artwork featuring a picture of the capitol from Congress Avenue. We wanted it to be something they couldn’t find anywhere else, and something that spoke sophistication to all of their clients and board members. To add to the look, we printed on a smooth creme paper for a touch of vintage.

My husband is a wonderfully talented artist who, in my opinion, doesn’t create enough. I asked him if he was up to the task and he agreed. (Don’t worry, I paid him!) What he came up with far exceeded my expectations. Here’s the story.

The completed sketch.

The completed sketch.

I love the fact that you can turn the drawing to reach different angles within the process of inking.

I love the fact that you can turn the drawing to reach different angles within the process of inking.

During one phase of the drawing, Tim runs to the garage and brings back this light box. It’s the most beautiful drawing tool I’ve seen, and since I wouldn’t consider myself someone who has mastered drawing, this was the first time I’d seen one! He and his dad built this when Tim was in his early 20s.

Being able to piece together a drawing makes adding and taking away elements easy, especially if a client likes some elements, but not others.

Being able to piece together a drawing makes adding and taking away elements easy, especially if a client likes some elements, but not others.

We didn’t end up using the string of lights across Congress–our client just wanted the small tree at the base of the capitol steps.

I am really proud of my husband for all his hard work.

I am really proud of my husband for all his hard work.

I sketched and hand-inked the Season's Greetings. I tried to emulate the look from the '30s and '40s.

I sketched and hand-inked the Season’s Greetings. I tried to emulate the look from the ’30s and ’40s.

Here she is! CNB loved the final product.

Here she is! CNB loved the final product.

I really enjoy designing holiday cards. On a personal note, I’m behind on the 2013 Harrison holiday greeting, so it’s off to work I go!

XOXO,

Brandi