Everything is Borrowed

Everything is Borrowed

by Drew Melton

This phrase immediately stuck out to me when I found it. I recently finished the book, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. A brilliant book about creative work. The final chapters of the book talks about how every person is gifted with a muse. An angelic being that is quietly revealing beauty and creativity to us from a higher realm. Feeding us our ideas. Our only responsibility is to be ready and able to translate the things gifted to us. Over this last year I have been learning that my job as a creative is to be aware of this voice. It is quiet, it will not shout. In the meantime I diligently work so that when the muse speaks I am able to hear and to execute. My ideas are not my own. They are a gift. I am only a steward of them, for a time.

A Loss of Attention

A Loss of Attention

by Drew Melton

I was approached by Kirsten Johnson to contribute to their visual art and poetry exhibition at the Memphis College of Art in Memphis, Tennessee. The phrase they gave me was, “A loss of attention”. Really excited about the final piece shown here!

An ounce of Action is worth a ton of Theory

An ounce of Action is worth a ton of Theory

by Drew Melton

I was commissioned to do a piece for Bold Creative in London, because of the Phraseology Project! They have these small phrases that have been applied to the furniture or the walls around the office. This time they wanted to do something a little bigger on a larger space. This was the perfect project for me to really play with type with a client. They won’t be painting the wall green but the design will be the same either way. Hope you love it!

Hi

Hi

by Drew Melton

I just felt like saying hi.

Dead Men Tell No Tales

Dead Men Tell No Tales

by Drew Melton

For some reason this piece became a huge piece of work and took me a lot longer than anticipated. I blame this mostly on all of the filigree, ha! I placed the text on a “wave-like” curve so that it would look like it was rolling on some big waves. I also wanted to place some intimidating skulls here and there but instead I decided to organize the roses and the petals to look like eyes/noses. Hopefully a little creepy. Have a great weekend!

Nothing worth doing is easy

Nothing worth doing is easy

by Drew Melton

My friends and I have been talking a lot lately about what it means to really do what you love in life. We have come to the conclusion that doing what you really love means doing a lot of things you don’t really “like”. When I saw this submission I knew I had to do it and put a lot of work into it!

Milk & Honey

Milk & Honey

by Drew Melton

For some reason I was really attracted to these words. Also, I love playing with Ampersands’. I see this going on a small shop window in a local neighborhood with some warm baked goods inside. Hope you love it!

Dream Big Work Hard

Dream Big Work Hard

by Drew Melton

Guest post today by the extremely talented, Jeremiah Britton! This piece is inspired by Dan Cassaro of Young Jerks’ “Shipwrecks” piece. Make sure to check out his work as well.

Thank You

Thank You

by Drew Melton

A really good friend of mine is in need of some wedding materials and he wanted them to look like, ‘Till Death Do Us Part’—Luckily one of you submitted the phrase, ‘Thank You’ so I figured I use the opportunity to tackle two things at once! Hope you love it :)

1913

1913

by Drew Melton

Something about this year just fascinates me! Loved playing with this style and all the. filigree