Drawing Close: Another Isenhower / Soupiset collaboration

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NOTE: This post originally appeared over at my illustration site, paulsoupiset.com


Kyle Isenhower and I have been working together, making short films together for maybe five years, trailers, interviews, adverts, and storytelling, all in the service of our clients. My part of that collaboration is usually illustrative with a little creative direction thrown in. So Kyle knows my artwork well.

So when he approached me about making a film about my Lenten Sketchbooks, it totally felt right. It was more like two friends talking — the camera just happened to be on. We filmed the downtown and studio scenes earlier in 2015, with a few final parts, (like my daughter and I painting) shot a week or so ago.

Then Kyle approached a mutual friend of ours, Ben Smith, to compose the score for the film, and the whole thing came together — beautifully, I might add — over the past week. Kyle’s been hard at work editing, and today, he emerged with the following documentary. I’m humbled and tickled. And I hope you enjoy this glimpse into one facet of my art-making.

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Project Curate: Intro Video (English version)

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Illustrator/Designer Paul Soupiset and Filmmaker/Animator Kyle Isenhower recently created English and Spanish versions of this Intro Video for Houston-based Project Curate.

“…Project CURATE seeks to enflesh learning through the diverse body of the city and church, helping to bring people together to build faith and kinship, in order to realize God’s expansive embrace in the lives of all of God’s people.…”

Scout Books Case Study: Laity Lodge Birding Guide by Soupiset Design

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I was interviewed by the fine folks at Scout Books recently for my work on the Laity Lodge Birding Guide — a Scout Book available at the Lodge. Here’s an excerpt from the full article.

“…We just can’t stop admiring these lovely custom birding companion books from the Laity Lodge retreat center in the Hill Country of Texas! Over the decades, the Lodge has offered early morning birding hikes, and in the process, they’ve amassed a great deal of knowledge about the seasonal patterns of birds who make the Frio River Canyon their home, including two endangered species, the Black-capped Vireo and the Golden-cheeked Warbler. The book needed to serve as a checklist for experienced birders as well as offer basic information for beginner birdwatchers.

Paul Soupiset, the San Antonio-based designer of the book, said, “As soon as the content grew beyond a page or two, we started dreaming about what a birding guide might need to feel like. We knew we needed something durable and pocket-sized, since the guides would be used in the field around rocky terrain. From my first sketch, I had Scout Books in mind, and the client was already a fan as well. They went to work on the interior content and I went to work on the cover concept.”

“One of our favorite returning guests to Laity Lodge is the now-endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler, and we knew we wanted to feature one on the Scout Book cover,” said Soupiset. “They’re symbolic of life here in the Canyon: In the spring, the warbler females take strips of bark from juniper trees around the Frio River Canyon to make their nests. They’ll preside over a single clutch of three to four eggs, and both parents care for their hatchlings. Over the summer, the baby birds will grow, test their wings, and leave the Canyon by the end of August to fly to Mexico and Central America for the winter months.”…”

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photos: Wendi Poole

New Work: Coffee Labeling for Merit Roasting Co.

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San Antonio’s Merit Roasting Co. came to Soupiset Design to simplify their existing labeling system for 12 ounce bags of coffee beans. We delivered a more flexible all-purpose label and a companion microlot badge that stayed true to their existing type and color palette while adding a hit of metallic gold.



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New Work: Branding for Tyler Willmann Group

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Recent monogram logo I designed for Tyler Willmann Group of San Antonio.


Explorations and earlier pencil roughs. I was definitely looking for something timeless and elevated to match Willmann’s upscale local clientele.

1005 Faces: Sarah Brooke Lyons

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Soupiset Design was honored to be a sponsor of “1005 Faces of San Antonio and works beyond by Sarah Brooke Lyons” — Exploring diversity through photography both locally and abroad. Sarah Lyons is showcasing the full set of photos from the acclaimed 1005 Faces project as well as selection of images from international humanitarian work in West Africa and Brazil.


New Work: 2014 Advent Devotional

In Atelier: Shoptalk by Paul Soupiset

The H. E. Butt Family Foundation’s 2014 Advent Devotional just shipped this past week. It’s one of the first few pieces to display the new H. E. Butt Family Foundation logo.

The guide was edited, managed, written, designed, produced — and the cover was even painted — by friends. Which makes this book special to me.

I really love the cover painting of the Holy Family, by Nashville artist Debbie Taylor, whose art I’ve long admired.

Special thanks to Perri, Mark, Ben, SmithPrint, and all of the writers, for making this special.


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New Work: Box Canyon Sessions

In Atelier: Shoptalk by Paul Soupiset

I’ve been collaborating with some really good friends — Gate Davis and Steven Purcell at Laity Lodge, Fourth Line Films director Nate Clarke, and Gordon Atkinson at Consafo — on designing and building an online home for Box Canyon Sessions, a creative collaboration we’ve been quietly working on for the past year. In 2014 Laity Lodge introduced the Box Canyon Sessions with a simple idea: hike into Box Canyon and have a musical conversation. The first season resulted in a dozen short films capturing various artists performing in response to the place.

Artists from Nashville, New York, the West Coast and everywhere in between ranging from Jars of Clay to Sandra McCracken, Cindertalk to Buddy Greene, Andy Gullahorn to jazz trombonist James Hall, all lent their considerable talents to the venture. The responsive site’s launch was a huge success on Facebook. It’s content will continue to grow in 2015 as well: we’re working on the second season of content this spring.