“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.
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.]
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.
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.