I am currently working on series of labels for a line of cafe syrups. These are the first three flavors and the custom alphabet I created for the project.

 Budapest Hotel Pattern 

1-3 > artwork detail
4 > original artwork: the entire pattern was created from this spread
5 > full pattern, with just one horizontal repeat (each base unit of the pattern contains four variants of each image)
6 > color palette, derived from characters and scenes

This pattern was created solely from memory after I saw the film. I have found that when I don’t use source images for illustrations they tend to be more imaginative, which seemed fitting for the theatrical nature of this story.

If you look closely at the full pattern, you will find several interesting variations of the images which allowed me to weave parts of the narrative into the art itself.

summore art from my Grand Budapest Hotel pattern (WIP)

summore art from my Grand Budapest Hotel pattern (WIP)

train car #9: The Kids
My favorite kids from 2013 were Robby Novak [Kid President] with his priceless advice for America and Miles Skott [Batkid] who probably had the best Make a Wish event in history.

train car #9: The Kids

My favorite kids from 2013 were Robby Novak [Kid President] with his priceless advice for America and Miles Skott [Batkid] who probably had the best Make a Wish event in history.

train car #8: Kate Middleton & Kate Upton
this clip used 48 frames, about twice as many as any previous one. I’m trying to offset the internal frame cycles as much as possible to make the motion a bit more organic. 
The castle is Windsor Castle and the iceberg is from Kate Upton’s Sports Illustrated cover shoot.

train car #8: Kate Middleton & Kate Upton

this clip used 48 frames, about twice as many as any previous one. I’m trying to offset the internal frame cycles as much as possible to make the motion a bit more organic. 

The castle is Windsor Castle and the iceberg is from Kate Upton’s Sports Illustrated cover shoot.

train car #7: The Harlem Shake
— trying to get this project back on track —

train car #7: The Harlem Shake

— trying to get this project back on track —

I’ve been drawing in moleskine sketchbooks since 2007, and have always referred to the series simply as ‘QRS.’ Now, thanks to Simon Walker’s skillshare class, I have turned the name into a real identity, which will encompass all of my self-driven and freelance work. The lettering and type is 100% custom for this project. 

I’ve been drawing in moleskine sketchbooks since 2007, and have always referred to the series simply as ‘QRS.’ Now, thanks to Simon Walker’s skillshare class, I have turned the name into a real identity, which will encompass all of my self-driven and freelance work. The lettering and type is 100% custom for this project. 

train car #4: Chris Hadfield playing ‘Space Oddity’ from the I.S.S.

train car #4: Chris Hadfield playing ‘Space Oddity’ from the I.S.S.

Dan Lehman | freelance designer + illustrator | Boulder CO | danlehmandesign.com