Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Headstrong is a project I worked on for an art director in Belgium. A good example to show the amount of preliminary sketching involved when creating a lettering piece from scratch.

Having done some 40+ sketches I let the client choose which version to proceed with. The version selected required additional development.

After setting up the initial character lines I decided to proceed with additional sketches. Initially there were too many irregular overlapping lines with no consistent baseline or X-height. I did some quick studies with a Condor pen and choose the version on the bottom to scan and use as a revised template in Illustrator.

With the new template image everything fell into place with weights, B/W contrast and visual clarity. Big difference from the initial attempt.

This was one of those rare projects in my lettering career in which a client loved the progress sketches including the final lettering, had full knowledge of pricing and payment responsibility but decided to not pay for any of the work I produced for unknown reasons. Regardless, this one is a very cool lettering piece to show which I believe will lead to something positive with more opportunities for interesting lettering projects in the future.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Long Night

This sample sums up what happens towards the end of every night in my lettering life. I have never found an easy method or solution to create a lettering treatment. Probably never will.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Beauty of Imperfection

There is something about mistakes and the beauty they create. This is another lettering piece done with a Condor fountain pen on rough texture paper.