BPB Projects

Roosevelt and 69th Street, Queens: Header Picture Project Featuring Kelly Lasserre


It’s another month, which means that Brown Paper Bag has a shiny new header. Illus­tra­tor and let­terer Kelly Lasserre has lent her fine pic­to­r­ial skills and depicted a block of busi­ness in her neigh­bor­hood in Queens, New York. I love all of her hand let­ter­ing and tiny details on the signs and build­ings. Makes me want to take a walk down this street!

As always, the work is for sale in the Brown Paper Bag shop as a 4″ x 6″ print — per­fect for fram­ing! Grab one before they’re all gone.

Here’s the scoop on Kelly, who I’ve had the plea­sure of know­ing since our under­grad­u­ate illus­tra­tion days:

Name: kelly lasserre
Loca­tion: queens, new york
Web­site: kellylasserre.com / kellylasserre.tumblr.com
What was your dream job when you were 7 years old? a pro­fes­sional female rock climber
Your pro­fes­sion now: a semi pro­fes­sional illus­tra­tor and maker of things
What’s your favorite thing to draw? objects of sen­ti­men­tal value and sub­jects oth­er­wise over­looked in our daily lives. and food.
What was the inspi­ra­tion for this piece?
my neigh­bor­hood is really inter­est­ing and i love it, it is extremely eth­ni­cally diverse and pre­dom­i­nately filled with small busi­nesses like this. i’ve always wanted to paint the places i walk by every day, to record their unique facades in an image.
How did you cre­ate your illus­tra­tion? Was it any dif­fer­ent than your reg­u­lar process?
it was only dif­fer­ent in that i very rarely work from pho­tographs but i did here. the rest of the process was how i typ­i­cally work. i sim­pli­fied the details, like the writ­ing on the papers in the win­dows. and omit­ted any back­ground or side­walk, because that’s not meant to be a focus. then i just worked in lay­ers of col­ors– i use hol­bein acryla gouache and tiny brushes.
Have you ever tried the Fiesta Grill? If so, how is it? yes sev­eral times! you can get a combo with rice and one side for $3.95 or two sides for $6.95. you just point to what you want and they have a ton of options. great for quick tasty fil­ipino food and all the folks work­ing there are really kind.

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