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Greg Manchess
Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Medium: Digital

The assignment from the U.S. Postal Service was to design and illustrate an attractive pane of stamps to celebrate the many ways individuals experience America’s abundance of natural beauty. The art was to feature a variety of activities, geographical diversity, and seasonal variety. The art director and artist chose the locations and activities. The art director wanted the viewer to feel as if they were in each location and could be hiking or biking themselves. The artist painted in oil and used light and shadow to heighten the beauty of the landscapes. The greatest design challenge was to pack such complex scenes into the tiny stamp format, less than a square inch. The selvage painting surrounding the stamps, featuring trees, a bank, and a body of water, pulls the pane together.

Client: United States Postal Service
Art Director: Derry Noyes

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