My son Benicio (del Lobo)’s 1st birthday is in a couple weeks. It’s crazy to think it’s been a year already. In any event, I designed this poster for his birthday announcement.
Circus themes are commonplace for young babies and toddlers, but I tried to avoid most cliché copy and common conventions seen in many circus-themed birthday templates. Instead, I went for something more rooted in actual 19th/early 20th Century circus bills and Americana landscape paintings akin to Charles Wysocki’s work. I also utilized my muted palette from my Headgear series to give a more vintage feel.
The idea germinated from my wife’s work actually. In the months before Benicio was born, she created several circus-themed mini-paintings, a circusy, felt welcome-wreath, and a mobile complete with DIY stuffed & sewn circus animals. I began there, using the look and basic color schemes she used then started to work it more into what my style has evolved into.
Sidenote, the Headgear series style stemmed out of the design of these circus animals. Which is to say, I began this project several months ago, and worked on it off-and-on until I started having breakthrough ideas in layout and design elements. It’s a bit self-indulgent, but hey - it’s my boy we’re talkin’ about here.