It should actually be titled Hand Lettering by a Dummy 😛 but anyway..
So I came across this blog a few months back, and it had the most beautiful illustrations. Lisa Congdon’s 365 days of hand lettering. Check out her blog here!
For the next many days, I’d spend all my time googling new artists and going through their work, just sitting there in awe, hoping and wishing I could do that as well. I remember being told by my teachers and relatives that I am a creative kid, I do remember I’d do a lot of origami, I did love drawing too ( definitely do remember always getting an A+ in art and craft class 😀 ) but for years now, I haven’t even picked a pen to sketch let alone draw, what I call, a legit illustration. I wanted to still give it a try though, but I just didn’t think I could do it so, I kept procrastinating.
But today, finally, I picked up a register, and told myself I wasn’t going to make any excuses. It’s okay if I don’t have a sketch book right now, it’s okay if I don’t have the right pens. I am just going to think of a thought and illustrate it, hand letter it, the best I can. It’s absolutely okay if I suck at it. After all, sucking at something is the first step to being sorta good at something, right! 🙂
So after I gave myself the much needed pep talk and motivation, I sat down with my ‘weapons’ ( haha, it’s nothing short of a war when I have to get myself to stop procrastinating ) and began to draw.
I had seen a video by Sean McCabe wherein he had explained the thumbnail concept and how it can help the quote lettering composition. I learnt about line elements, fonts and which words to emphasize on. Keeping that in mind, I started with a few rough drafts, fancy swirly letters, to check if I can even ‘draw’ an alphabet and not just write it.
A few drafts later, I got so tired of the smudging of the pencil and leaking of the sketch pen ink, I decided to just go ahead, make a final draft without making further changes.
And this is what I ended up with.
My first attempt!! Yayyie 😀
I know this is not even close to what one may call a legit illustration but it was my first attempt, and I am honestly happy because it is a lot better than what I had expected, and I’m glad I tried. Next step is to buy the right instruments and keep trying and illustrating.
Do let me know what you think. Suggestions and tips for dummies like me are most most mostt welcome! If you can provide any advice that may help me and many who are trying their hand at lettering, nothing like it! 🙂
Over the next few months, and maybe years, I hope to keep trying till I get sorta good at it. So expect to find a lot of quotes hand lettered by me 😀
Teehee ^.^ 🙂