Let's help kids go to camp!

One month from today (exactly!) I will be participating in the Sporting Life 10k Run. On Sunday, May 11, I'll be running down Yonge Street to help kids with cancer go to camp. Last year, through the generosity of family and friends (old and new), I raised an astounding $1260. I am still amazed, and immensely grateful. Let's see if we can do even better this year!

If you can spare a few dollars, please donate what you can on this fundraising page:


As further encouragement, for every online donation over $50, you will be eligible for a free limited edition art print I will be creating in the next 2 months. Details to come...

And if money is tight, I will gladly accept all donations of encouragement - I'm going to need it.

Thank you in advance. Have a great weekend!

You are my joy.

I am so excited to share this special birthday commission I created for my dear Calgary friend, Kathleen. Her hubby, Terry, contacted me back in mid-February to see if I'd be interested in doing a hand-lettered lino print with the phrase "You are my joy" in Kath's favourite colours: yellow and silver.

After a few rounds of brush pen work (above), we settled on the final style and layout. Then, with some patience and a steady hand, I carefully carved the two 12" x 12" linos.

Here are some shots of the final piece.

Kath: I hope your birthday was extra special this year, and that this print brings you joy for many years to come.

Influence Magazine

Here is some custom chalkboard-style lettering I recently created for the front and back cover of Influence Magazine.
You can check out the online magazine here.

Thanks again to Sharon for this amazing opportunity!

12 Months of Type: Collage

Here are some highlights from March's typographic adventures with collage for 12 Months of Type. Check out all previous posts here, and follow my current progress on Instagram.

Two-word truths #4

The fourth installment of "Two-word truths" is now available! You can pick up "Keep calm" in the shop for for $20. These 9" x 9" limited edition lino prints are based on original hand-lettering by yours truly. Printed in black ink on bright white 250gsm cotton archival paper. Lots of photos below.
And don't forget: you can still take advantage of the "Two-word truths" print-of-the-month subscription. For $120 (a 50% savings!), you can pre-purchase all 12 prints and receive a new print in your mailbox at the beginning of each month. You can subscribe at any point during the year – I will simply send you all the prints that have been released up to that date.

Or, pick up a single copy of "Keep calm" in the shop today!

Thanks for your support!

Website update

I am so excited to unveil my refreshed portfolio website over at christopherrouleau.com!
The last big launch was two years ago, when I share my new logo, brand and wordmark. I have done small content updates over the course of the years, but no major changes to the structure.

I am now featuring all of my Lettering & Type work front-and-centre, and I have also introduced a cool new section for Art & Commissions. As well, you'll be able to find out a bit more about me in the new and improved footer.

A huge thanks to my web developer extraordinaire (and pal) Chris Roberts for making this come to life.

So please, hop on over and take a look.


Spacing Magazine

Great news! The poster I submitted to Spacing Magazine's Transit Poster Contest has been published in the Spring 2014 issue!

The brief: "to create their own original poster (or a series of posters) that promotes the TTC. The topic of the poster can be anything you desire."

From my rationale:
I have always been attracted to mid-century posters and advertising campaigns, especially ones that feature traditional hand-lettering. I am also an advocate for common courtesy in the public space. This poster seemed like the perfect opportunity to fuse these two passions and create a campaign around transit etiquette.  
The goal was to create a playfully anachronistic poster about cell phone etiquette, had cell phones existed in the 1950s. Using a simple acronym, I present five friendly reminders for "S.M.A.R.T." phone use on the TTC. These tenets were complied from my own experiences, as well as personal research. The overall style is distinctly mid-century, with it's brush script lettering, sans serif typography, traditional figural illustration, muted colour scheme, and offset ink placement.  
This is one poster in a speculative series called "Rules for a Better Ride", based off of the original TTC slogan, "The Better Way".

Thanks again to Spacing Magazine for this creative opportunity, and for showcasing my work!

Myles & Melissa

After completing a playful letter C painting for my studio last a few weeks ago, I was asked to create 2 similar letters for my dear friends, Myles & Melissa. Like the original, these 6" x 6" hand painted signs were done with acrylic on pre-mounted balsa wood canvas. A few more shots below.

Happy anniversary, Myles and Melissa! I hope these paintings bring your much merriment for years to come.

Commissions like these always available – just send me an email!

Depict Magazine

Good news! My Yes, Let's! sheets were featured in the January issue of Depict, a new, infographic-based magazine in Toronto. I created these productivity and task management sheets back in 2012 to make less desirable tasks (meal planning, working out, saving money, and weekly chores) more fun.

Remember, you can download your FREE copies of my sheets here!

Spring forward

Last week, I created a special spring chalkboard for Hanks Cafe at 9 1/2 Church St.

Here's a peek at original rough sketch: