Honoring Centre Legends

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The Centre College Office of Development and Alumni commissioned us to create a portrait series of eight legendary faculty and staff members. The images would be featured in packaging designs for a commemorative bottle of Wilderness Trail Bourbon in honor of the College’s Bicentennial in 2019.

The project was a great opportunity to immortalize campus legends while connecting Kentucky’s most prestigious college with it’s most famous product.


Create distinctive portraits of eight Centre College faculty and staff members to be used in commemorative bourbon packaging.

Versatility Required

The college intended to use the portrait series in a variety of sizes beyond the bourbon packaging. This meant that our approach would need to factor in the practical uses of the final pieces into materials and format choices.

Size Agnostic

The decision was made to go with a black and white pen and ink style for the portraits. To accommodate the need to resize the portraits, they would be drawn on a tablet in vector format.


We created the eight requested portraits, as well as drawings of the Flame statue and Old Centre building.


The bourbon was a hit, as Wilderness Trail Distillery sold out the limited run quickly. The portraits were featured as part of the overall Bicentennial celebration on Centre’s campus.