Ornate drop caps, delicate embellishments, whimsical illustration and bold text are all qualities we can ascribe to letterer and graphic designer Jessica Hische’s style. If you’re a designer, you’ve probably heard of her Daily Drop Cap project, as well as many beautiful illustrative works such as collaboration with Penguin books, Barnes & Noble Classics, the new MailChimp identity, and much more.
Featured in the Mohawk Maker Quarterly, Issue 03 is an original poster by Jessica. The centerfold reveals a bold and unexpected surprise: a poster illustration commissioned for Mohawk featuring the Wes Anderson quote, “The details that’s what the world is made of”. All of the images in the illustration refer to Wes Anderson’s movies, including:
- Margot Tenenbaum’s secret cigarettes from The Royal Tenenbaums
- Margot Tenenbaum’s “altered glove” from The Royal Tenenbaums – when she was 14, she ran away to find her biological family and in a wood chopping accident lost a finger. For a time her gloves were altered to reflect the missing digit, until it was replaced with a wooden finger.
- The Submarine with “Jaqueline” crossed out, from The Life Aquatic. It was named for Steve Zissou’s first wife before they separated (hence the cross out)
- Steve Zissou’s and the crew’s “O” hat from The Life Aquatic.
- The fox tail from Fantastic Mister Fox
- The arrow from Moonrise Kingdom
- A lightning bolt from Moonrise Kingdom, which struck a main character in the film
- The bespoke suitcase from The Darjeeling Limited, representing all three brothers in the film
Every detail in this illustration lends to the quirky, nuanced tales and characters in Wes Anderson’s films that give them a depth and interest that sets his work apart from others. Jessica’s illustration both celebrates these details in his work, and also in her own work as an illustrator (through the beauty and detail in design/typography of her art).
Using the Mohawk Live augmented reality mobile app, readers can watch an exclusive time lapse video of Jessica as she skillfully illustrates the poster in her studio.
Mohawk Live uses augmented reality technology, powered by HP Aurasma. The app is designed to generate interactive experiences with print and was developed for use on Android and Apple iOS mobile devices. To use, download the free app from the App Store or Google Play. Then, point and hover your mobile device 4-6 inches above the poster, and wait for the enhanced content to load.
See the time lapse video above, or view it on your own copy of the Mohawk Maker Quarterly. Non-subscribers can view the poster and rest of the Quarterly online at Issuu.