100 Days of Lettering: Part 7

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In the beginning of my lettering challenge I was trying as many techniques and as many media as possible: pencils, markers, brush pens, natural brushes, digital painting, etc. It was all very fun, although sometimes a little bit time consuming. I knew it wouldn’t be possible to have a lot of time to draw each day for all hundred days, so I was prepared that sometimes I would only have 10 minutes to accomplish my piece. What I found is that accessibility of your tools is the key to keep up with this challenge. It’s easy to work with brush pens or practice calligraphy, since it requires basically only one step: just open the ink container and you are ready to go. That’s easy. Brush pens usually don’t have to be cleaned at the end like, for example, natural brushes. And we all agree that washing brushes is much less fun than dipping them into paint. Most calligraphy nibs need a simple wiping with a wet tissue to be shiny and bright again. The easier are all the preparation and the finishing steps, the lesser is the resistance to start. This is a crucial requirement for a long term daily project. In my case it turns out that ink is my easy-to-go tool.

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