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The Summer of Maps


Hope your summer has gone well. Mine was full of lettering and map assignments, drawing exotic locales instead of visiting them… wait, is Miami exotic? These maps appear in the Sept/Oct 2105 issue of Virtuoso Life magazine. Korena Sinnett art directed the Amalfi Coast Map, and the Miami map was for Melanie Fowler.  more…

Recession Profession


Over the years, clients have asked me to letter their wedding invitations—requests that I didn’t have time to engage until a few years ago, when many publication clients closed their doors and the illustration assignments were harder to come by. I decided to teach myself to do my own take on Copperplate calligraphy using a split nib pen. more>

It’s Science!


I’ve had the pleasure of working more this year on science images than ever before. These assignments tend to have slightly different goals than the typical editorial piece, in that there is an emphasis on conveying information in an accessible way. I relish the research on new topics, reaching an understanding of the content and trying to synthesize it visually. more>

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!.