Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Best is yet to Come

This lettering piece started as a series of rhythm studies with pencil, pen and marker on a tissue pad. I eventually got a sketch to use as a starting point after several pages of studies. My intent was to combine a formal script and mix it up with Spencerian style characters. I plan to continue creating letters of this style and in time the best is yet to come.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Gotta be Bad to be Good

Gotta Be Bad to be Good is a freeform script style I have been developing for the past few years. This style is a loose mix of upper and lowercase letterforms. When the piece was only 3 words it needed more interest and was changed into a play on words. After getting the rhythm and flow worked out for Gotta be Bad to be Good I decided to change the visual read to something a bit more complex with flourishes and swirls. The final result is quite different than the initial sketch and definitely more interesting to view.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

You Call the Shots

Another quick wrist script exercise with a Lamy calligraphy pen on graph paper. I made the strokes thicker with a Sharpie marker and scanned the lettering for use as a template.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Little Dude

Here are some preliminary sketches for the Little Dude lettering design. This project is another example of how I change letterforms and structure while drawing in Adobe Illustrator. The tight sketch was a good start but was out of balance and the cross stroke of the double t did not read properly. All in all I am pleased with the final result and plan to continue developing this lettering style.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Amazing SB

This is a project from last year that I'm going to enter in the Best Of 2009 at LetterCult. SB is a dog I've been taking care of for a few years and I wanted to create a lettering piece that honors his amazing personality.

The sketch was a quick wrist exercise with little detail. The scroll lines and flourishes were drawn freehand in Illustrator and adjusted as each letter was drawn. After drawing Amazing and SB I decided to make the design symmetrical and place The on top. This piece will probably be reproduced as a T-shirt sometime in 2010.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


The concept sketch was drawn on a 5" X 8" sheet of notebook paper.

The sketch was scanned for a template in Illustrator. The letters were drawn using single strokes of the pen tool. The offset path filter was applied to the strokes for the base letterform shapes. I added serifs to the path shapes and adjusted all vertical stroke thickness. Some letters required changes from the original concept sketch.

I eventually drew all the letters needed to build a complete character set and imported each letter to Font Lab Studio for output to OpenType format.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

How Magic was Created

Now that finished art was posted for the Creative Magic script I am adding a couple images of the preliminary work. The first is the original handwriting with ink and a calligraphy nib on parchment. I wrote the words with a pencil, inked the letters and erased the pencil lines. There is a lot of bleed on the parchment and I wanted a clean edge to the letterforms.

I scanned the inked parchment for use as a template in Adobe Illustrator. With the pen tool at a 5 pt. setting I redraw the script. Next, I outlined the path and adjusted thick and thins to match the inked hand writing. It was important to ink the letters with a calligraphy pen before creating the art in Illustrator. The inked original provided me with the visual information needed to recreate the thicks and thins of script lettering.

The screen shot shows the adjustment made to the cap C and position of the word Creative. My handwriting is what created the rhythm, flow and balance of this lettering treatment. The computer is just another tool used to produce the finished art.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Creative Magic for the New Year

While playing with a calligraphy pen today I decided to post my New Year greeting to one and all.