Here is my first wall lettering done for a friend. I don't speak French very well so I cannot guarantee the quality of the text.
I'm not a good calligrapher either. This is lettering, not calligraphy. Here is what I did:
First I laid out the lines in Illustrator with the help of the wonderful Bickham Script and its many alternate characters and swashes. Then I measured the wall. I turned to Illustrator and calculated the margins and the leading. Next I drew the lines on the wall with the help of a pencil, a level and a ruler. I then wrote the heart lines of the letters with the pencil. Finally I carefully drew the thicks and thins in gouache with a pointed brush, over the heartlines drawn in pencil.
12 months ago
Nice work! I'd love to see more shots of it!
Beautiful work man! Love that super wild ligature coming off the 'd' at the bottom.
Wow, this is fantastic. Agree with @Ged on the bottom 'd', the 't' swash of "porte" is insane as well. Thanks for explaining your process too, I'm always curious how people go about wall lettering because it seems so much more daunting than on paper. Those are some stunningly neat brush lines too.
Just caught sight of this before it went to page 2 of my feed, so glad I saw it. Really great work, all the preparation has really paid off as this is perfect. Makes me wish I wasn't renting, I'd love to try something like this in my house.
wow Sebastian, this truly looks amazing, thanks for sharing the process! BTW I think it's always good to practice with new stuff like this, i figure this adds to your experience and creativity also.
Cheers for a great job :)
PS. tried not to repeat everyone but I can't, d swash is amazing!
This is stunning! And so delightfully elegant like everything you do. If you ever need help with French, don't hesitate to ask :)
Hi, @Joseph, thank you! Here is an earlier stage before small retouching was done where you can still see the pencil guidelines: http://i45.tinypic.com/2hn1e2r.jpg
@Ged, thank you very much! Most of the swashes were inspired by Bickham's and adjusted to better fit the layout.
@Claire, thank you for the nice words! I'm glad you found my explanations interesting. I didn't really know how to start this, as it is the first time I'm drawing on the wall. The first thought was to draw the outlines in pencil and then just fill them, like you would do on paper, but the letters were rather small and I felt, considering the style, that they were good candidates for the pointed brush. In the larger image you can see the brush lines are not so smooth, but with some practice this should improve. You're always very nice :)
Hi, @Chris! I'm really glad you like this. I'm sure your landlord wouldn't mind if you drew some pretty letters on his or her walls.
@Florin, indeed I think so too. I discovered the wall is a perfect medium for lettering or calligraphy because it is quite a rough surface and the marker or the brush do not slip. I'm curious how well you could draw large italic or gothic letters on walls with a broad balsa wood piece. Maybe a broad brush would work better, though. If you are interested in various surfaces for lettering or calligraphy, @Kossyo Kokalanov & the guys at www.trash-lovers.com do some pretty whacky stuff.
I'm always glad to hear from you, thank you for commenting!
@Melissa, you're too kind! Let me say that "delightfully elegant" is far better suited for your fantastic illustrations. I will definitely ask for your help with French when the first occasion arrives. Merci beaucoup!
11 months ago
and this guy too :) http://www.flickr.com/photos/39694554@N03/
Some very coll stuff in there indeed Sebastian, cheers and hope to see soon another piece of this type from you!
Thank you for the link, @Kossyo!
Cheers, @Florin! Nice profile picture!
Thanks @Sebastian Boros , a little retouch of my logo, want to get my site together (finally)
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