I’m back with a project update for the last ten days.
The most interesting experiment over the last ten days was the painting “Collect Moments Not Things.” I found this phrase few months ago and kept it in mind to illustrate one day. Then my lettering project came out, so I decided it was a perfect chance to create this piece. After trying different layouts I ended up with the one below. At first I planned to make this work 100% digital, but I didn't get enough vivid look by applying different colors and textures. At some point I decided to play with acrylic paints. After all, why not? Although the whole experiment was fun, I’ve made a biggest mistake by using a small piece of paper (about 9 in x 12 in). Painting tiny letters was much harder than I expected, so all my lines were a little bit shaky. Nevertheless I am quite happy with the textured background and all those colorful layers appearing through one another. Well, I've learned my lesson, so the next time I decide to paint a lettering piece, I will definitely use a much bigger canvas.
Here is my quick project update for the last ten days. Beside the calligraphy and brush lettering practice, I tried a full page of lettering without initial sketch for the first time. It was done with pens, so I was not able to make any corrections. Dealing with space issues on the go was really hard and the whole experiment was quite uncomfortable for me. Nevertheless in the middle of the page I found some kind of flow and enjoyed the process without judging the result. Trying new things is always scary, but it expands the comfort zone and, therefore, is good.
This morning I discovered the whole new world of the digital painting while making the piece below. I enjoyed the process of adding shadows and textures to get this retro feeling. The letters seem to be made of wood and remind me street signs.
Other days I was experimenting a lot with Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens. These pens have a rigid brush end, which gives a consistent line thickness and is quite easy to control. The textured effect greatly depends on the writing speed. As soon as you make a pause on the paper, you will see a dark spot of ink. To get a dramatic effect of disappearing lines you need to write really quickly.
Here is the second part of my 100 Days of Lettering challenge. During the last ten days I played with brush pen, drew some doodles and made few calligraphic pieces. I also found two interesting effects discussed below.
1. Copic markers create textures similar to gouache.
The “Yes Please” piece was made with two green Copic markers (like “Focus” above) and recolored in Photoshop. I found that the textures and shadows that I got from markers are very close to watercolor and gouache.
2. Glossy paper + acrylic paint = vivid brush strokes.
The blue ampersand below was a happy accident. I decided to use the glossy cover from the album pad and try a blue acrylic paint on it. The result amazed me: since the paper was super smooth and bright, all my brush strokes became visible. I didn't expect to get such a vivid look. With a black acrylic paint, the result is usually more muddy. But the blue color allows you to achieve diverse range of shades: from dark to almost transparent. How to get everything in one stroke? Try a glossy paper.
Here is my project update for the last week (days 3–10). I am cheating a little bit, since I don't show up on Instagram daily, but I am showing up to practice and experiment. Uploading work online takes a lot of time that can be spent working. So I hope that you forgive me for being inconsistent with my online presence. The blog posts will arrive every ten days though, as it was planned.