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Love Our Earth


Linework by Emily Brooks, Digital Colorization by Matt Holbein
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RESIST: Save Our National Parks


Linework by Emily Brooks, Digital Colorization by Matt Holbein. Stickers of this design are available at thefoliagelibrary.com/store and all proceeds are donated to the National Parks Foundation
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Tiger Lotus


Linework by Emily Brooks, Digital Colorization by Matt Holbein
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Corpse Flower


Linework by Emily Brooks, Digital Colorization by Matt Holbein
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Dahlia Flower


Linework by Emily Brooks, Digital Colorization by Matt Holbein
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Bugger King


Editorial illustration about the incorporation of insects into western cuisine. Created in Adobe Illustrator.

Veteran for Congress


T-shirt illustration for Tom Prigg's 2018 campaign in Pennsylvania's 12th district. Created in Adobe Illustrator.

Penderecki


Created in Adobe Illustrator

Roots


Created in Adobe Illustrator

His Dark Materials


An illustration series inspired by Philip Pullman's book series His Dark Materials. Created in Adobe Illustrator The Golden Compass The Subtle Knife The Amber Spyglass

Wine Label Illustrations


Created in Adobe Illustrator Blueberry Apricot Elderberry

An Illustrated History of Violence Against LGBT Persons


Illustrations for a folding book about violence against LGBT people throughout history. Created in Adobe Illustrator. Clockwise from top: James Pratt & John Smith (the last men to hang for sodomy in England; London, 1835);
Pierre Steel (arrested, tortured, and forced to watch his lover devoured by dogs; Schirmeck, France, 1941);
Giovanni di Giovanni (publicly castrated and burned on the anus; Florence, Italy, 1365);
Lateisha Green (shot and killed for being transgender; Syracuse, New York, 2008)

Hexagonal Book Patent Drawings


Selected drawings from the patent application. Created in Adobe Illustrator.

Dodecagonal Book Patent Drawings


Selected drawings from the patent application. Created in Adobe Illustrator.

Octagonal Book Patent Drawings


Selected drawings from the patent application. Created in Adobe Illustrator.

Decagonal Book Patent Drawings


Selected drawings from the patent application. Created in Adobe Illustrator.

Foliage Library Logo Seasonal Animation


Animated in After Effects

Flower Fantasy Animation


When minds connect... Animated in After Effects.

Spinning Snowdrop Animation


Animated in After Effects

Hungry Hummingbird Animation


Animated in After Effects

Tiger Lotus Animation


Exploration of underwater movement. Animated in After Effects

Dodecagonal Folding Book
(24 Hour Flowers)


Folding book & pop-up design for The Foliage Library's 2017 title, 24 Hour Flowers Original frame design, pre-construction Original frame design, folding Fully constructed white dummy, folding Finished book with illustration & typography (all linework created by Emily Brooks, colors & type by Matt Holbein)

Hexagonal Folding Book
(The Bee Book)


Folding book design for The Foliage Library's 2015 title, The Bee Book Original hand-constructed board book, with illustrations, folding Process - First paper dummy Process - Full-size paper dummy Finished book with box, closed Finished book fully open with illustration & typography

Octagonal Folding Book
(Coral Reefs and Other Colorful Creatures)


Folding book design for The Foliage Library's upcoming title, Coral Reefs and Other Colorful Creatures. Original hand-constructed dummy book folding Process - Creation of dummy dummy book Dummy book with Layer 1 open Dummy book with Layers 1 -3 open

Pop-up Thank You Card


Pop-up card design for The Foliage Library Slow-motion pop Front of card Interior of card

Sister Flowers


I have 3 sisters, all of whom are named after flowers. This series of pop-ups explores those flowers, featuring each as a large central pop-up surrounded by two smaller branches of the others. Pop-ups opening Heather detail Laurel detail Holly detail

Folding Butterfly Concept


Cut paper & glue

Silver Wreath Pop-Up


A pop-up inspired by the song "We are Nowhere and it's Now" by Bright Eyes.
"She took a small silver wreath / and pinned it on to me / and said, This one will bring you love."
Pop-up opening Detail shot

Pop-Up Bee Mother's Day Card


Cut paper, glue, matboard, & wooden frame

ecarediary.com


eCareDiary.com is a caregiver resource website that has been active since 2009. Matt has been creating designs and web elements for them since 2014, as well as styling full re-branded versions of the site for their clients.
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djelloulmarbrook.com


Custom website designed for poet, author, and photographer Djelloul Marbrook.
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tarrasmith.design


Custom website designed for Tyndall Arrasmith showcasing her extensive work as a Production Designer.
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youngmastersdesign.com


Custom website designed for Joe Cooney showcasing his work as a Production Designer.
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The Foliage Library Print Materials


The Foliage Library business cards Promotional postcards for The Bee Book Sticker sheet featuring art from 24 Hour Flowers Sticker sheet featuring art from The Bee Book

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
Junior Ranger Activity Book


Sample pages from activity book commissioned by the National Park Service from my company The Foliage Library Hometown & Community Heritage Page Farming Page Cover Page & Folding Timeline of American History during the lifetime of Martin Van Buren Folding Activity Page

eCareDiary Print Materials


Brochure promoting eCareDiary's online tools to consumers

NorthEast LGBT Conference


I created branding and designs for a variety of applications for the NorthEast LGBT Conference, hosted at RIT in 2013 Promotional poster
Conference program Water bottle application

RIT Q Center Print Materials


During my time at the RIT Q Center, I created a variety of event advertisements and brochures Q Center Brochure Promotional poster for Fagbug event Promotional poster for LGBT film event Promotional poster for Rainbow Graduation event
Matt Holbein

Matt Holbein is a designer, illustrator, and book artist in Pittsburgh, PA. He received his BFA in Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology and offers services in Graphic Design, Illustration, Web Design, and custom Pop-up Cards; he also owns a small company called The Foliage Library Co, designing and selling folding pop-up books along with fellow illustrator and RIT alum Emily Brooks.

Matt’s artistic work covers a variety of subjects, ranging from portraiture to plants; however, it is identifiable through his use of sophisticated color and vector shapes. Despite the hard-edged nature of vector art, through layering of shapes he manages to create painterly effects that make his work stand out in a unique way.

Over time as he experimented with paper, origami, and pop-ups he began to develop a style of folding book. Made from thick paper or geometrically shaped pieces of hard board hinged together with binding cloth, his book designs generally start small and expand as each consecutive layer is folded open. After assembling the books, Matt then fills them with his illustrations to tell stories or convey information.

A few of Matt's artist book designs are featured on this portfolio site, and more of them can be seen at thefoliagelibrary.com.