Art, Illustration

The nostalgic book series that inspired Jess Cruickshank

Fonts, scripts and types aren’t things that people often think about, beyond jokes and memes featuring comic sans. Jess Cruickshank’s infectious passion as a letterer might change that mindset.

Originally from Brisbane, Jess Cruickshank is an illustrator and letterer who moved to Sydney after feeling that it would provide her with more opportunities and a broader community of artists she could be a part of.

She has a particular love for, in her own words, “fancy old stuff”, where detail and craft were of the utmost importance. And a special appreciation for ornate medieval manuscripts and Victorian-era book covers, where every character was a work of art.

Jess Cruickshank visited Lost at E Minor for a chat, where she told of her childhood inspiration that first got her interested in lettering – ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ books. Each character in the books had their own distinctive font style that reflected their character.

It’s a great way of using lettering in a way that contributes to the books beyond visual style.