Cricket Press employs the tag-team duo of artists Brian & Sara Turner who come from backgrounds involving all sorts of creative media, from illustration to photography, graphic design to woodworking. We discovered Cricket Press on Instagram by following the hashtag #Rhodia. After reaching out to see if they would be interested in an interview, Brian was happy to talk about their fondness for Rhodia paper.
RD: How did you first discover Rhodia?
I was growing frustrated with the quality of paper used in some of the more popular sketchbooks out there. My sketches are generally pretty horrible, and I do a lot of reworking and erasing. The paper needs to be strong. I wanted paper that would not bleed when I inked on it. Also, I hate it when you try to clean up an inked drawing with an eraser, and the ink rubs away. I happened to come across Rhodia while browsing for a new sketchbook at a local book shop called Sqecial Media, and noticed that the pages were vellum. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing… an affordable sketchbook with quality paper? I had to take it home and try it. I was hooked on my first try.
RD: Did you use it for design work right away?
Yes! I immediately purchased a Rhodia pad and a sketch book. Sara was impressed when I showed her the results I was getting. We have used their products ever since.
RD: Do you have a preferred product?
I love the sturdiness of the large A5 Webnotebook for use as a sketchbook. It’s compact enough to travel with, but large enough to lay flat when working. Sara and I both use the pads quite a bit. The two pads we like most are the Nº16 and Nº19. We prefer the weight and off-white tone of the 90g vellum (available in the Rhodia R Premium pads and Webnotebooks) to the (classic 80g) bright white, but both the 90g and 80g are great for our purposes.
RD: How about preferred inks, pens or pencils that you like pairing with the Rhodia paper?
We use whatever mechanical pencil is closest to us – there are tons of them around our studio and our house. We both like using the Pentel Ain Hi-polymer erasers. For inking, our favorite tool is the Pentel Pocket Brush pen, and we also use a combination of Micron pens and Zebra disposable brush pens.
RD: Do you have a particular way that you use Rhodia products?
I tend to work fairly small, like less than 6″x8″ or so. I ink over my pencil drawings, then erase the pencil lines to clean up the finished inked piece. I use a Rhodia Webnotebook as a sketchbook in tandem with the pads. I’ll work on sketches and rough ideas with my sketchbook, and if the sketches are particularly good to me, then I can go ahead and ink them. If I need to work a bit larger, or if the composition of the piece needs to be more precise, I’ll start working with pages from the pads. I do a good deal of hand-lettering, so the grid ruled sheets are nice for that. Sara works a bit larger, so she uses the pads, mostly. We particularly like the perforated sheets in the pads because they are easier to scan on the flatbed scanner. From there, we’ll start the process of coloring and separating the illustration in either Illustrator or Photoshop, and can output our separate films for screen printing directly from those programs.
Cricket Press is a tiny little operation in Lexington, KY geared towards designing and hand printing silk-screened posters for music events, art shows, propaganda, and basically anything you’d want to make a poster for. Brian and Sara especially love doing gig posters for punk, indie-rock, jazz and improvised music events because this is just the music they love, and the peopler they love to work with.
Cricket Press also does a variety of illustration & graphic design work; including but not limited to logo designs, t-shirt designs, invites… you name it.
You can purchase Cricket Press posters and art prints here and also by visiting CricketPress on Etsy. To find find Cricket Press Hand Crafted items, visit Cricket Studio Gallery on Etsy.