Hand Lettering Day 8: Putting it all Together

Note: Unfortunately, due to technical issues, I wasn't able to put this up yesterday. Today's exercise is putting it all together. My opinion of the first several day's exercises has solidified into being that they categorize as the “thumbnail” phase. So, while I'm covering my process of creating today's lettering piece, I'll also incorporate my … Continue reading Hand Lettering Day 8: Putting it all Together

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Hand Lettering Day 7: Creating Your Own Grid

The grid should be invisible. If it's functioning perfectly in making the design flow, your audience will be able to look at the page, and know instinctively where their eye is being directed and follow from there. A wonderful suggestion I received was that I should add a tutorial on how to create a grid, … Continue reading Hand Lettering Day 7: Creating Your Own Grid

Hand Lettering Day 6: Breaking the Grid

Day 6 After identifying the use of a grid and applying it, now we shall break it. First, by addressing how the author, Roeder, sets up his lettering grid. Grids usually come in two fashions for me. Graph paper. Guide lines. To date, I've never used graph paper while working on design, though I've considered … Continue reading Hand Lettering Day 6: Breaking the Grid

Hand Lettering Day 4: Color

Day 4 "In life, you should use the whole box of crayons." This quote kind of represents me using colored pencils. No matter what I'm illustrating, somehow, all twelve pencils end up being used. Until recently though, I wasn't aware that there were ways to take my twelve color pencils even further. My interpretation of … Continue reading Hand Lettering Day 4: Color

Hand Lettering Day 3: Refine

All right, today we're finally getting into appearance and embellishments of the letters. For just a moment, I want to step back and reflect on what I wrote about yesterday. Most of it was drafted the day before yesterday and polished up yesterday morning before posting. Yesterday evening, I took a peek at today's challenge … Continue reading Hand Lettering Day 3: Refine

Hand Lettering Day 2: Wireframe

Roeder's second challenge is drawing wireframe lettering. This step feels similar to thumbnail sketches for graphic design. Where thumbnails assess the entire composition, wireframing tackles only a few; spacing, size, and wording. As of yet, no embellishments have been added. Just your standard letters – basically, equivalent to a stick figure. Having been grilled by … Continue reading Hand Lettering Day 2: Wireframe