lettering lessons

During the Circles conference, I was completely inspired by the many designers and their use of lettering. Particularly the transformation of drawn lettering into an online graphic- which I had absolutely no experience in doing.

For the past year, I have been following an artist by the name of Sean McCabe. I love his attention to detail and his transparency in how he creates his work. During the conference, I make friends with the guy who is sitting next to me. We chit chat about what the do and what we’re working on and he hands me his business card. “UHM- HELLO, YOU ARE SEAN MCCABE?!” I screamed in my head. And then politely gave him a collected “well, nice to meet you Sean” instead.

So, as the day goes on, he tells me about this “skill share” he has in which he teaches you how to create lettering vectors. I about ran home and started working on it right then.

*Side note: If you have never checked out Skill Share- you are missing out. While this is a well known thing in the designer world, until that day, I was blissfully unaware of this absolute GOLD MINE of talent that is shared from leading professionals in all different mediums on how they do their work. Needless to say- I’m now an aspiring professional of everything.

Here is my first go at lettering:

Before// drawn out on paper with a sharpie pen and snapped with my Iphone.

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I then put the image into Adobe Illustrator, where I created outlines. The rest was just a bit of tweaking with color changing and designing.

After//

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It made me realize how overcomplicated I believed that this process was and how simple and fun this art form can be, as long as you have the time to create it.

I’m excited to get more into lettering and maybe crank out some prints. We can all dream.

XOXO, K.

when a girl has some questions.

I get straight giddy over interior design. It is a field that I am actively attempting to understand. It intrigues me because learning design is like getting to know someone. You have to feel it out and learn the quirks and traits that make it come together. There is no formula you can learn that “works”, like math or science. You have train your eyes and season your gut. As a lover of good design, well crafted furniture and small shops, I have been seeking out designers and shop owners in Houston to get some insight on their take of aesthetics.

Over the last week, I have gone to several different antique/interior design shops and spoken to their owners and designers about what it is that drove them to get their own creative space, what inspires them, and what the steps are to becoming a well known designer. Most of the men and women who worked in these places were very generous with their time and knowledge- excited to have found someone who was interested in their craft. I was thankful for this, as all I did was waltz in, slinging my Nikon around my neck, and request a meeting.

The shops were so inspiring to me. I wish I could pretend that I was cool about the whole thing, but I was almost keeled over with butterflies that these designers were taking the time to talk to me and letting me photograph.


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DSC_0529One of the shops I went to even produces it’s own magazine with history of furniture and design from around the world. They let me have a copy and that occupied my afternoon as I was coming down from my interior design high.

Other exciting ideas are coming in the works soon and I can hardly wait to share.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week, and thanks for stopping by!

xoxo, k.