Black Book Sketches (1998-2001)

During my college years, I was obsessed with my black book. It was carried around campus along with my text books, it was carried in my crate to gigs as if it were a record, and I would bring it along to any social gathering for showing off my work and to get my friends to contribute. It was a journal, where I shared personal messages with myself, and also a place where I got to see my progression as an artist.

In hindsight, I didn’t think of what I was doing was graphic design, or “hand lettering”, something that has become much more popular in recent years, This is what I simply considered my ‘constant dedication and ode to Hip Hop’. I’ve always been a doodler, unbeknownst to myself at the time, I’ve always loved typography and design, and this was my way of channeling my love for art, design, and color.

The name that I wrote was ‘Alow’. At first, it was a spinoff from my nickname “Halo” (derived from my name, Halline Overby), where I removed the “h” and added a “w”, but as friends of mine pronounced it as “Allow”, it stuck, and I used the same pronunciation. In my work, you can see me writing different spellings of that name, Alow, Halo, or an occasional variation. Although this was something that I considered a phase, it is also something that in many ways I have always done growing up, and something that I still continue to do. It is linear to my life long appreciation and affection for art, design, music and color.

These are a few of my favorite works taken from a total of three different composition books from 1998 – 2001.