Graphic designer, lettering artist, and typographer, Craig Black is known for his typographic illustrations, murals, and installations, all centered around his love for the written word.
According to Black, his passion for both design and typography sparked early on, when he was a young boy obsessed with soccer. “I was so fascinated with the design around the beautiful game such as colorful football shirts, team badges, football boots, and TV commercials and programs,” he recalled in an interview with Talenthouse. “This all contributed to my curiosity in design and made me wonder how things like that were made.”
His strengths lie in his ability to cross disciplines without restricting himself to one exclusive style. This versatility has also offered him the opportunity to work on a varied mix of collaborations with local and international clients of all business backgrounds. His more personal work has equally been successful, exhibited in cities like London, Barcelona, Australia, and Dubai.
His pieces begin with some sketching, in which he explores different directions. “Once I find the best direction, I begin the lettering stage by drawing each letterform,” he notes. “This is an iterative process that includes several stages of refinement by illustrating, erasing, tracing, rinse and repeat. Once I’ve taken the concept as far as I can by hand, I scan the image and begin the digitization process.”
See some of the finished results in the gallery below.