A self-guided tour, the annual Tulsa Art Studio Tour showcases the talent of artists who live and work in Tulsa. Visitors meet artists, buy artwork and observe art being created in working spaces. The featured artists represent a variety of artistic media and styles.
Every year, the organization that puts on this event, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC), enlists the talent of a local graphic designer to help them with their tour materials. I was fortunate enough to get to work with OVAC for their 2010 tour.
Because this was pro-bono work for a non-profit, I was given a lot of creative freedom and they asked only that I represent Tulsa and make it "artsy." Having lived in the city for only a year or two, I decided to take my own self-guided tour of the city for inspiration. I photographed some of the city’s best landmarks and fabulous Art Deco architecture and created sketchy illustrations based on the photos.
The project included a poster, several ads, an invite and a brochure listing all the artists and a map of the tour. The brochure also served as a “passport” to the tour and each artist designed a stamp which would be used to mark their page when guests visited their studio. At the end of the tour, every guest who had all pages stamped was entered to win a prize.
Below you can see some of my original drawings before I scanned them and finessed them into the illustrations printed on the program materials.