Friday, October 28, 2011

It's all good!

Versy long day and my thought about it all.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Passion is my script practice for today. A few quick rhythm studies and one overlay sketch for use as a template in Illustrator. Even though I start with a template everything changes as I draw in vector. Its the process of drawing live in Illustrator and going with what feels natural. Quite different than previous attempts at this style a number of years ago. All of the swash lines are naturally happening in the same manner as when I sketch with a marker on paper.

The overlay sketch used as the drawing template.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I Be Lucky Today

Just something I was thinking about today.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My Alphabet Practice for Today

This lettering piece is my abc practice for today. Even though I started with a sketch composition everything changed as each letter was drawn. At times I turned the template layer view off and drew by intuition and flow.

The initial sketches.

The composite image created from the sketches. This was the drawing template.

This image shows the difference between finished lettering and the drawing template. The drawing template is just a starting point. It's good to let things happen along the way that are not planned.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Mission Accomplished for Today

Mission Accomplished is a piece I started while on a Metra train commute last Friday. I had to take care of a chore I had put off for a while which required a trip to the city.

I was glad to have accomplished the task at hand and began sketching my thoughts on some scrap paper. The sketches evolves into exercises to learn the flow of the letters for the composition. I used one of the sketches as a drawing template and taped the others to my office wall for reference notes while lettering.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Too Much Coca Cola

Once upon a time I was told that my lettering is "too much Coca Cola". I have not been able to figure out that comment but it makes for an interesting lettering piece.

The lettering was drawn in Illustrator with a clean edge using a quick PITT brush marker scan as the template. The clean edge was roughened with the pencil tool. Two of the preliminary sketches were scanned in Photoshop, posterized, turned into paths and copied into Illustrator for use as the background image.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Lettering for Pam Cooley

Earlier this year I was contacted by Pam Cooley to create a lettering for her photography business. Very beautiful high end photography.

As with many lettering projects I created a series of sketches with a pointed marker brush. One of the sketches was created as vector art and additional refinements were requested. The final lettering is now on display at her website.

What I find interesting with this project is the final lettering was drawn in a manner that followed the thicks and thins of the pointed marker sketch. I basically followed the shape of the marker brush instead of drawing a line and offsetting the path. This is happening quite often in my recent projects. It is less technical method of drawing. More free form and natural.

This image shows how close the vector lines match the brush sketch template.