Here's the second, tighter pencil sketch of the certificate that was presented to Tal Leming at the 2012 Robothon type technology conference (http://typeandlettering.com/lettering/benevolent-dictator).
I traced over my initial rough drawing onto a 9" x 12" sheet of Bienfang Graphics 360 marker paper using a Pentel GraphGear 500 mechanical pencil with 0.7 mm HB graphite (for those of you keeping score).
Next up is a photo of my pencil sketch test on the illustration board. Stay tuned.
about 1 year ago
Pro tips! Thanks for all the behind-the-scenes insight, Ken.
Truth be told, since this whole process was not part of my regular working method, I had to figure out a lot as I went along. I even experimented with various kinds of transfer paper. Straight up graphite-backed paper was a bit too messy, so I decide to go with an architectural grade variety. Though it proved difficult to erase in some instances, it didn't smudge and was easy to work over.
@Ken Barber, when you find yourself in relatively new territory like this, do you keep records of what worked and what didn't? In other words, do you keep project notes?
Tim, this project was relatively out of the ordinary for me so I didn't bother keeping any notes. As most lettering projects I do tend to be digitized lettering, they follow this pattern: thumbnail, rough sketch, vector image.
It's lovely! Love the flourishes :)
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