Join Von Glitschka for an in-depth discussion in this video Day 1 solution: Drawing letterforms, part of 5-Day Drawing Challenge: Communicating Through Drawing.
- So how did your drawn letter forms come out? What was the hardest letter form to draw? Did you use shape recognition to help you figure out what a letter form could become? Let me show you what I created for this challenge. So the word I played off of is the word monster. Now, my nickname is Vonster, so I decided to shift one of the letters from an m to a v to encapsulate my name. And this is my initial rough sketch, and the thing about rough sketching, or thumbnail sketching is that you don't have to get it perfect.
You don't have to work out everything, it's just exploring ideas and that's what I started doing here. I actually ran out of room on this piece of paper, so I drew out letter forms on other sheets of paper and I took this and I scanned it in and then I composed my final layout in Photoshop with my thumbnail sketch. So it's still pretty crude, it's still pretty rough, but it gives me a guide that I can ink on. And so I took this drawing and put a sheet of paper on top of it and I inked out this artwork here.
And the pen that I chose to work with is a brush pen. You're going to see me use this a lot in the course. I love inking with this, gives a nice thick and thin, and I just inked out my artwork here for the word vonster. I didn't like how the detail on the end came out, so I drew it again up above there. And then when I scan this in I'm going to just Photoshop that nice little edit there. Now what I end up with is a nice black and white image.
And I could have stopped here and not gone any further but I wanted to colorize that. And so that's where copic pens come in. I love using these. It's almost like painting with watercolor on paper. I just went in and started colorizing my artwork all the way through, all the characters. And what I end up with is this nice, colored piece of artwork of the word vonster. So, it was a lot of fun to do and I think if you really try to get creative with your own lettering you're going to have a lot of fun with it as well.
Drawing letter forms is a great way to combine two passions, drawing and typography, into one compelling skill of hand lettering. If you'd like to see how you can leverage your drawing in the form of lettering, check out my Drawing Vector Graphics: Hand Lettering course on Lynda.com. And make sure to share your drawn letter forms on social media using the hashtag #5DayDraw.
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