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Studio Visit


A while back, the photographer-writer duo, Klea McKenna and Nikki Gratan, publishers of the art blog In The Make came to the new Berkeley studio for an interview and visit. After several years in San Francisco, and New York before that, I’ve enjoyed the light, space and temperature (!) of the new place. Though I usually I keep the art part of my life separate from my illustration work, I thought I would share these photos, so you can see where things happen.


Leigh Wells Lettering Illustration Time Magazine Gun Violence

Do Words Kill?


In January 2011,  after the Arizona shootings, I got a call from D.W. Pine at TIME Magazine to work on possible cover for their January 24th issue. The focus was to be the debate about charged political rhetoric that preceded the tragedy in Tucson — and then was revived by it. He had an idea that was very well suited to my work, using a composition of hand lettering within a silhouette of a Glock pistol. more>

Leigh Wells lettering Calligraphy Fringe Tote Bag

I Make Therefore I Am


My fantastic friend and neighbor Karen is an obsessed knitter, and has turned her passion into a blog and an online store. She asked me to collaborate with her on this super-sturdy, generously sized, canvas tote bag for her shop. It sold out!.