I'm proud to be representing the great state of North Carolina in Dan Cassaro's 50and50 State Mottos project. The list of talent involved in this thing is pretty staggering, so I'm grateful to be a part. Dan is going to be releasing one a day until complete, so keep checking back.
I remember hearing the state motto in middle school history class and it's always stuck with me. I think it's a pretty amazing thing to rally behind and something I feel a personal connection to. I wanted to use the typography to express the idea of removing everything we put on that keeps us from being who we really are. As I was working I thought of the illustration as the dismantling of a defense mechanism.
UPDATE: For those of you asking for prints of this. It's in the works by Dan Cassaro, curator of the project. More details soon.