Finally finished my large format lettering piece. The final piece ended up being 24x36 inches. The full version is attached.
Take a look at my blog above for sketches, detailed work-in-progress shots, tools I used for this project and a description of the whole process.
about 1 year ago
Great piece, man. Really like how you went about the drop shadow.
Can't believe you've completely finished this already..! Somehow, it came out even better than I was imagining/expecting, it's really fantastic. That stroke that reaches from the 'K' over the 'w' and connects with its right curve is awesome. Like @Christopher said, the shadow is so nicely done too, it really adds depth to the piece and just the right amount of detail.
It was great to be able to see the process all put together on your blog, I particularly liked the close up shots of the pencil on cardboard. Incredibly neat filling in too, must have used up a lot of ink!
Thanks @Christopher and @Claire! This was a lot of fun to do. I may have just found a new medium.
But this whole drawing on cardboard...that's my grandfather's fault. :) When he was alive and painted, he used cardboard boxes for his paintings: used them for sketches, studies and final paintings. Over 100 of them in my grandmothers apartment. Also, drawing a smaller design, then creating a grid on top of it and using that to proportionately transfer the design to a larger format? That's a page out of his book too.
That's really cool, not only does the end result look great but it adds something awesome to have some background to the process like that. Needless to say, I'm sure your grandmother will have something else to say about it when your cardboard drawings start taking over her apartment..
Oh, wow. Thank you for sharing that story.
Ah, it turned out really great! I love the shadow strokes you used, and they're in all the right places. And for some reason I can't stop staring at that loop on that K...because it's awesome haha.
And that is a really great story...you may have just found your calling.
Man this is incredible, (can't say the same for the song but) I love how it is 100% hand-done, and thanks for the nice blog post! I like to see the process, and all the tools etc. Really great! The shadow is very impressive, too, so perfect. Good work!
Thanks @Anna! And believe me, I'm still thinking about that ampersand.
The loop in the K became my favorite part as the process went on. In my earlier sketches, Everything was connected except the 'now', and as I looked at the extension of the 'w' I thought '...wouldn't it be nice if it connected to that K..." and then I thought '...stop thinking and do it!"..so I did. ;)
@Joseph, you're too kind. The shadows/letters are far from perfect, and in fact there are a few minor faux pas that I'd love to fix...but obviously can't! Caught myself several times says 'option Z' and then realized that it's not going to happen. But the imperfections may just be ok due to the hand-lettered nature of this piece...maybe I just have DOCD? And at a large size, it's so much easier to get the details right than at a smaller size.
Sounds like you did a lot of thinking haha. Way to use your brain! :) I do think the ampersand works in here though, and if you look at the piece as a whole, it fits perfectly.
Now you can do this in Russian hahaha. I just translated it in my head and burst out laughing. Which means I approve.
@Nikita well I meant perfect relatively, maybe there are flaws you can see but it looks just about perfect to me! And yeah, it's all hand-done so some flaws are allowed in my opinion!
@Joseph, you mean to say my work isn't PERFECT? I am so incredibly hurt.*
*Disclaimer: Previous statement contained an unhealthy dose of sarcasm. ;)
very good job !!!!
Beware my comment might be long! xD
I really love it! The boldness and the funk and the way the letters connect with each other! Our versions are so different but have a couple of similarities.
I noticed the way we both did our x's are somewhat similar, and the way we used the y to form the ampersand and we both did an it ligature.
I really like your lettering, the K is spot on, I struggled with mine a lot! the ow is really nice the way the o connects with the w and then flows into the K.
Those drop shadows are nice! I love the way your lines are so clean and you used a grid, I've never used one, I blew up mine and printed it then traced that on to the paper.
I did a personal project too, was my first real typographic traditional piece, I enjoyed it so much! I also have process photos like you do (enjoyed yours, and because that song is also catchy, I couldn't get it out of my head either! ) http://junoondesigns.com/projects/who-am-i/ you can take a look if you like.
Did you not get high from that sharpie? lol
@Faheema, that's a nice piece! I like it! And I am truly glad that song is stuck in your head, as well as everyone else's. I feel better now. ;)
Kept the window open and did the shading right next to it...but still got a bit woozy. Went for a run right after to clear my head...literally!
@Nikita haha, we are not alone!
The name says it all.
Thanks @Patrick Macomber!
Feeling the harmony,like it;)
I've seen this piece all over the internet. It just occurred to me to look for it here and add it to my 'Hand Lettering' bucket. It's really fantastic.
10 months ago
Thanks @Jeff Jenkins! Incredibly nice of you to say this.
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