It may not be beautiful, but the process has to start somewhere. Whether it is a napkin, an empty matchbook or the back of a rejected layout. The idea needs to be sketched out, refined and refined again. Even once the initial sketch is then redrawn and then photographed and then brought into Illustrator revisions and improvements must take place if you hope to even get to some place close to satisfactory. This is my process. The initial sketch which may look a little shabby. The sketch is then redrawn and positioned, searching for interaction and possibility. Refined and digitized and then fine tuned. Lastly, small embellishments are added. It may not be the best process, but everyone has to start somewhere.
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A few years back I moved to Arizona. One of the first things I did once my family relocated, I searched through images and Pinterest pinboards of things to do and places to go and locations that absolutely must be seen to believed; by one that lives in Arizona. On this list; hiking the red rocks of Sedona, spelunking the crevasse that is the Grand Canyon, careen down the glass-like smooth surface of slide rock and hike the Superstition Mountains (and if you get lucky you may stumble upon the gold of the lost dutchman mine). The visuals of the Superstition Mountains are flat out amazing. The fact that mountains could seemingly sprout out of the desert with a near vertical face, thousands of feet in altitude gain and picturesque views…flat-out amazing. So I put together a thumbnail of a sketch three years ago and finally had the time to start illustrating and […]
I have been experimenting with different types of lettering for the past year and half. Lately I have been exploring different ways of digitizing the lettering to create different styles of casual hand-lettering and elegant styles of hand-lettering. Each lettering style from my experience is better achieved with different techniques, be it using the width tool in illustrator or duplicating he initial path and joining the ends (for a thicker/chunkier) lettering style. This post is an exploration in the elegant style of lettering, which I have not had the opportunity to work in. It also entirely relied upon the width tool within adobe illustrator to achieve the seamless transition from thin to thicker lines.
I was recently exploring some more expressive hand-lettering as part of a larger branding exercise and these are just some hints of what I can share at this point in the process.
I put together this hand-lettered lockup together recently for the city of Reno for their ARTown summer festival goings on.
As I have progressed through improving my ability with hand-lettering, I have often used the 12 points of the Scout law as the theme for practicing. This past winter, I revisited the 12 points of the Scout Law that I started my hand-lettering journey with. With this revision I explored new finishing techniques, lettering styles and thumbnailing and sketching processes. It was an extremely helpful project with regards to my process and personal style. The project was culminated with the creation of a limited edition poster combining all 12 points of the Scout Law.
This series of hand lettered illustrations was my entry into the worldwide lettering communities 36 days of type. Over the course of 36 letterers, designers, 3D specialists, web designers designed custom alphabets and submitted them to the community. I combined my submissions together in this limited edition (run of 36) poster. The great thing about this project is that it brought so many cross disciplinary specialists together to for a global community of creatives that are passionate about design and typography.
A set of hand lettered and illustrated skate decks with good advice. Listen to these words of advice and they will take you places.