Quote #4: Fleshing out the composition

in-progress, lettering, sketches

Your children need your presence more than your presents. — Jesse Jackson

I have been drawing a variety of lettering styles for the words, “presence” and “presents.” With a clearer direction in mind, I worked on developing thumbnails sketches of the composition for this next poster. I needed to create emphasis and unity with the text. I also wanted to add flourishes that added to the message’s meaning. I like how the border and ornamentation create a wrapped gift and that the bow on top forms a heart.

[Note: When lettering more than one word, you need to make certain that the words flow easily and read as a cohesive thought. I feel like this is the biggest challenge of lettering quotes instead of single words.]

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