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Ahead Of The Pack

About this Poster

If you've ever ridden your bike alone late at night with only the beam of your headlight as company, sometimes you wonder what looms in the darkness behind you. This poster was inspired by that feeling, by watching a nature documentary with a fascinating bit about wolves, and by the fleeting idea of Little Red Riding Hood as a bike messenger.

24.0″ x 18.0
French Paper, Construction, Safety Orange
3-color screen print

Meet Catherine Chao

Austin, Texas USA

I'm an illustrator, graphic designer, and a youth art program specialist. In my work, I like to apply the ideas of play, exploration, or discovery because they are fun and exciting. I like printmaking because editions are a democratic way of making affordable art. In designing posters, I love the constraint of limited color, using color overlays, and working with negative space.

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Back Story

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Candid About Canids

Historically, I have been quite bad at drawing canids, particularly wolves! After I came up with this concept, there was some amount of groaning as it was a challenge for me to render not just one, but several of them. This required quite the folder of reference pictures.

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Waiting For Epiphanies

The best idea I've ever had while riding a bike? When I ride, I mainly mull over silly things that happened during the day. It's a good time for contemplation, but I'm not sure I've had any real epiphanies yet.

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Straight, No Filter

I am inspired by wildlife and nature, because there's just so much of it to be awed by. I am also inspired by the artwork created by the preschoolers and kindergartners at my workplace. It's refreshing to see what young kids put to paper straight out of their own heads without worrying what other people think of it.