The PEN Prison Writing Program believes in the restorative, rehabilitative and transformative possibilities of writing. PEN America’s Prison Writing Program has amplified the writing of thousands of imprisoned writers by providing free resources, skilled mentors, and audiences for their writing. PEN America wanted a graphic element created that represented their Prison Writing Program and Writing for Justice Fellowship programs to be used on their website and outgoing materials to help promote their efforts moving forward.
We worked off a symbolic image of hands behind bars with a simple twist of integrating the bars and writing instruments. We wanted the illustration to have a rough and weathered look and feel, a feeling of grit and age. We created the illustration in an uneven and simplistic hand-drawn style paired with a rough texture to add depth and personality to the subject matter.