Quote 3: Moodboard


Back to the grind. The kids are back to school after a delightful five-day weekend (parent/teacher conference, President’s day and a snow day). I can focus on developing quote #3 instead of answering the question, “what’s there to eat?”

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows. —Ralph Marston

Today I have been researching visual references. This quote made me think about the old “Learn to Draw” ads.  I am interested in exploring a 1950s advertising / sign painting feel. Below are a few examples that will serve as lettering resources as I develop thumbnail concepts.



Quote #2: Color

lettering, Quote2


Here is a sneak peek at the color breaks for quote #2. This will print peacock blue and silver on Speckletone Kraft from French Paper Company. I love the look of silver ink on uncoated paper. It’s a shame the computer doesn’t simulate silver well. I guess I will just have to wait for the final print.

Quote # 2: Making “Impossible” Possible

in-progress, sketches

In honor of Black History Month, the second quote I will be featuring is from Nelson Mandela.

“It always seems impossible until it is done.”

Here’s a sneak peak at some first sketches for Quote #2. It is definitely a work-in-progress. I need to develop consistency in line weight and style. I like the sturdiness of  the letters as well as the bounce, or movement…however I still need to resolve some issues with form.


Quote #1 – Finishing touches


The composition is really starting to gel stylistically since I added the flourishes. I will be printing this in two-colors. Here are a couple of color palettes I have been exploring. I need to sit of this for a day to see if I want to change anything before I order the polymer plates.  I like the lightness of the lines, however I am considering increasing the strokes so the piece has a monoweight look.

Basic RGB

Basic RGB

Quote #1 Update


So it is have been a week. I have been working on the first quote, “Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.” I’m still developing the concept, but here is a glimpse of my progress. I’m not in love with how I rendered “anything” so I will be reworking that portion. I also need to add flourishes or other embellishments to complete the composition.


Personal Mantra


Back in October, I met with several clients of Mom’s House Phoenixville and asked them about their personal mantras…what keeps them going as they juggle school full-time, work, and single-parenting. The clients completed a survey comprised of various quotes about success, hard work, and children. They were asked to select the quotes that connected with them personally. There were multiple ties in the top three ranking. The selections are as follows:

Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me. —Fred Rodgers

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

I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday. —Jose N. Harris

It always seems impossible until it is done.
—Nelson Mandela

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. —C.S. Lewis

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.
—Ralph Marston

Now that I have quotes, I better go sketch.

Ready, set…



Today is the official start of my sabbatical. As my colleagues all trudged to campus in the freezing rain this morning for the start of the Spring 2015 semester, I dropped the kids off at the bus stop and came home to begin lettering.


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