Earlier this week, while making the trip back home from Florida, I was scrolling Twitter and discovered something really special. By now most of us have heard of the Broadway phenom, Hamilton. But just in case, the musical, written by Lin Manuel-Miranda, tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, founding father and chief staff aide to General George Washington. This depiction of history, told mostly through rap and hip hop penned by Miranda, has received many accolades for its incredibly diverse cast. Seeing America's past played out by the cast and music of America today is something that has moved many, myself included.
Artist, Arielle Jovellanos, was so moved she wanted to find a way to give back to the shows' creator and cast. So, she banded together forty-five of her closest artist friends and they set out to illustrate each of the musicals forty-six tracks. Thus the #Ham4Pamphlet was born.
The result is incredible! A beautiful visual of and homage to one of Broadway's most groundbreaking musicals. Keep scrolling for a peek at some of my favorite pieces from the collection and some background on the artists who created them.
Knowing of the infamous fire of 1776, Rebecca Mock decided to use this event as the backdrop for her piece depicting one of the shows early numbers. Mock's Tumblr is a treasure trove of her work and links to her store where you may purchase prints.
Jenn Strickland's piece "A Winter's Ball" exactly depicts what I imagine is happening on stage everyday I hear these lyrics. Head over to her website to see freelance work she's done for several companies, including Cartoon Network.
I love the action and power captured in Claire Hummel's work. Hummel has made waves on the internet before with her stunning historically accurate princess series, see that and more on her website.
Kate Leth is one of my all time comics industry crushes. Her work on Power-Up and Patsy Walker aka Hellcat! is not to be missed, but for more of her ink inspired art check out her book Ink for Beginners: A Comic Guide to Getting Tattooed.
Since first seeing this piece on Tuesday, I haven't been able to stop surfing Mari Costa's colorful site and exploring her web series, Perivale.
SM Vidaurri's works are both magical and mystical, everything you'd expect from someone who has contributed to the Jim Henson comic book universe.
Remember, this is but a taste of the goodness #Ham4Pamphlet has to offer. Explore the entire collection on Arielle Jovellanos site. And if you see anything you like be sure to support the artists through social media.