Hey guys, as I am nearing the end of my learning project I wanted to invite you to check out my Pinterest board that I have been using to organize all my resources it has been a secret weapon of mine that really helped me, so click here and check it out! Please also check out my Instagram account, made specifically for my hand lettering online project.
Through the process of my learning project I am finding it hard to lean away from my hand lettering and post about it, its just too fun to put down. However I want to share this fun with anyone and everyone.
In todays day and age we do almost everything on the computer, which means, we also create a lot of things on the computer. I get it, I really do, but as an artist I feel myself pulling back from letting the computer take full control. The great thing is; we also have the opportunity to create works by hand and then later digitize them. Digitizing work makes it easier to share, so I totally get that and agree with it. However there is something so enchanting and genuine about the pen and paper stroke marks that make art form like hand lettering so pleasing. In other words, it much more amazing to she the hand work of a calligrapher/ typographers/ hand- letterer than to see a computer printed phrase or word. I mean lets face it, anyone can do that! Which is great, but what about us artists who work hard to build up our talent to create beauty for all to see?
Over the course of this project I find myself looking at the computer printed works, and countless Pinterest quotes overlaying beautifully edited photos, and just wish that I create letters that looked as flawless. Lately though, I have been able to appreciate the perfect imperfections that make handmade art so charming and enduring. So, I decided to make some rough drafts and just let my mind and hand flow. This is a strategy I use a lot when creating art, It give the artist a break from their work but keeps the creative juices flowing. Sometimes the art one creates without a desired outcome works as the greatest inspiration.
Here is what I came up with when I let my hands and mind roam free! This has turned out to b some of my favourite pieces!
I have been searching high and low on every inch of the internet for the best hand lettering tutorials that might possibly make me a pro ( wishful thinking ). Here are some of the site and videos I have found that I haven’t talked about yet!
2. This video with some cool techniques I haven’t seen before
there is also this video made by the same person. It is cool to see this type of lettering, but other than just watching there isnt much to learn from the video. I still used it anyway because it is a form of lettering I want to try!
3. 9000 things – A DIY , Design and Handmade Blog By Ali Nichole
this is an awesome site that shows me how she make her work digital; super useful I definitely want to try this out!
I also found this video from moeglydesign.com . I also really love his site. Do check it out, you wont regret it, I guarantee. By December I hope I can pull something like this off!
Stay tuned for another post as I use these sites to help me create to rad pieces! And if you have ever come across any useful tutorials please let me know, and comment below!
Tonight, I decided to research more ways people create hand lettering pieces. An important thing and common theme I found when listening to each artist was the importance of their tools. It was stressed that specific pens and ink work better for hand lettering. More archive-able pens have an ink that can with stand more therefore giving a more clear, clean, and precise line.
I found a site online called: Blick Art Materialsthat sells good pens and pencils that I could find useful for hand-lettering. I think I might have to go buy some better pens as some of mine don’t seem to hold up well with the erasing step. investing in a nice comfortable mechanical pencil may be in my future as well!
In further research I wanted to find a tutorial that would walk me through the entire process of creating a hand- lettered piece, with step by step instructions. And I found just that!
I love this video tutorial! The artist basically walks the viewers through her general process, while giving clear instructions.
In my next post I will walk you through my process following the instructions given in the above video, stay tuned!
If anyone knows of great tools I should try to use and suggestions of where to buy such tools, please comment below!