When you receive your copy of Uppercase Magazine turn to the masthead to read the piece about Christopher Rouleau. He has an ongoing personal project called “Alphabet-a-Day.” He shares his lively and fun characters through his Instagram.
1. Your name and title/business name?
Christopher Rouleau (christopherrouleau.com)
2. Do you have a specialty or special style that makes you relatively unique? If so, what?
My style has been described as loose, frisky and fun. I consider myself to be a letterer, drawing my inspiration from mid-century commercial arts style lettering artists and sign painters. I’m drawn to loose, bounce brush scripts, diagonal baselines, and illustrative elements. I’m also know for doing chalk board art, in and around Toronto.
3. What’s your educational background, i.e., college, professional school, high school, apprenticeship, etc.?
I attended the Alberta College of Art and Design, and I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary. My lettering skills are self-taught.
4. Preferred tool(s) and medium?
I love brush pens in all shapes and sizes, as well as traditional lettering quills and ink or acrylic. I’m also super comfortable working with chalk.
5. What prompted you start your Alphabet-a-day project?
I’ve been doing annual typography and lettering projects every year for the last few years. In 2016, I wanted to broaden my style repertoire, and get more comfortable with producing work “on the fly” without overthinking it. But at the core, I just love writing the alphabet!
6. Where or how do you “recharge your creative battery,” i.e., books, blogs, music, art, exercise, meditation, prayer, hobbies, interests, etc.?
I go to the gym everyday, which breaks up my day and gives me tons of energy. Living in Toronto, I walk everywhere, and get a lot of inspiration from antique sign painting, tucked away on side streets. I get a thrill from hunting for maps, packaging, and quirky ephemera at antique markets. I also love cooking – and eating!
7. Tell us something about you that might surprise or delight us.
I grew up in small town in Saskatchewan, which had a population of 600.