Quote#5: Challenge & Change

in-progress, lettering, sketches

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” —Fred DeVito

Today was full of “challenges” and “changes” as I began to develop the style of the key words from one of yesterdays thumbnail concepts. I believe I have a good framework for layering and expansion.


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.]

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.