I hand-lettered and illustrated this custom t-shirt design for 5 Gyres, a nonprofit in California working to end plastic pollution in our oceans.
The design features two waves -- one slightly larger wave rising up above the design (comprised of shells, seaweed, starfish and coral), and a smaller, diminishing wave made up of plastic waste. The words "More" and "Less" loosely follow the shape of greater than (>) and less than (<) signs.
This was my very first personal lettering project, so it holds a special place in my heart. The phrase "Every flower must grow through dirt" reminds us that even the most beautiful things have gone through hardships to get to where they are now.
Vintage botanical illustrations inspired the colour palette, which is complimented by a seedy texture.
This project was featured by Skillshare on September 4th, 2015. You can see my process including sketches on Behance.
If you're interested in licensing this design or would like to contact me for a custom lettering quote, let's get in touch!