I recently read an article that encourages one to create something everyday to share. Not just your latte picture (GUILTY AS CHARGED), the wing of an airplane (look at what a great little traveler I am!), or the Texas sunset- but something that you’ve created or worked on. It helps you stay inspired, connect people to your vision, and refine your craft. This is something that I really want to embrace because I can too often get sucked into the habit of creating only when I get a job to do so. So today’s project was lettering.
This message has meant something to me in the last year. Listen, I have alot of big dreams. And I often let my fear of man steal that fire inside of me. But this is me deciding that it’s time to move full steam ahead. And I hope you do too.
Create something awesome this week guys. This life isn’t just a read through.
Image: John Hoyland
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.
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.
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.