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New York based artist and illustrator Scott Teplin, aka Scott the Drawer, is a professional with an impressive resumé. He’s had solo shows all over New York and Paris, and his art has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Keith Smith’s 2004 The Structure of the Visual Book, to name just a few of his many publication credits. Scott’s work is in permanent collections at the Smithsonian, SF-MOMA, and Harvard, Stanford, and Yale Universities, again to name just a few. Lately he’s been doing some work for McSweeney’s. This from his Makers Market bio:

If I go a day without drawing I tend to go a little crazy. Turning my ideas into lines and then back again (cycle repeats) pretty sums up what I do. I started drawing imagined apartments back in 2001 when I was dating a girl who lived in a long 6th floor walk-up apartment in Brooklyn (I lived on the other side of Brooklyn in a similar arrangement). For her birthday I made a pen & ink drawing of her domain from above, from memory. From then on I started to imagine tons of progressively crazier buildings with missing roofs. At the same time I was working on drawing 3-D phrases – so I decided to try combining the two concepts into large word-dwelling apartments. Several years later, after having two kids (with that woman, who I’m now married to) – I thought about making an alphabet in a somewhat refined and simplified, kid-friendly (but still a bit weird) series that you see for sale here.

He’s got the entire alphabet available, as individual 10×12″ prints, in editions of 15, “[l]etter press printed from etched magnesium plates on Zerkall vellum text, individually airbrushed with Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and curated with matching Prismacolor pencils.” Alphabet City, a fine handmade, autographed, limited-edition book featuring the entire series, is also available.

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


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