For the last month, I’ve been going crazy with drawing typographic quotes and other pieces. But crazy in a good way. I have loved growing in this medium, and being challenged by others who are way better than me! I wanted to share some of my process, and give some tips to others who want to try it! Hopefully I don’t condescend to anyone who is better at this than I am!
Inspiration is key in anything! You need to know what you want to do before you do it! At least, I think that’s the best way to make something good! I don’t really understand my inspiration process. Seriously, you’re not going to believe this. I think up and picture things in my head, and then I draw them. How I get inspiration is rarely from places normal people usually get inspiration. Someone recently told me “good artists borrow, but great artists steal.” How true is this? I’ll let you hash out the details. Please don’t plagiarize, but I get my best inspiration from other artists! Find someone whose work you really admire, or whose is very different from yours, and then study it, and think of things you like, and transfer the technique with your style embedded! I usually look at other artists’ work, and then remember something that happened recently that I really enjoyed, or something that was said that sparks a new original idea in my mind.
I feel the best process is to start where you can “wreck small,” as another friend of mine said. I think it’s better for trees, and better in general to start brainstorming or start sketching in pencil. Then you can go over it in pen or whatnot. After that, a simple picture helps to transfer the image on the computer.
So, I wanted to show something I’m working on!
I started with this phrase, because it is something I have ben thinking about for a while recently. We say it a lot, but I don’t think we’ll ever fully grasp it. I also got the font idea from someone else’s work. It is similar, but I put my own twist on it.
Then I started with a thin pencil sketch, so I could see how the letters and flairs fit together. Then I added some weight to it, and added finishing touches. Then, from this, I send the picture to Adobe Illustrator for some fine tuning! Sometimes I use image trace to do a quick outline, but I would much rather take the pen tool and outline it, because I feel like you can get much better results this way. Anyways, after that, I find a photo I really like, and boom, it goes on top. If you don’t have Illustrator, you can use Photoshop. I just prefer Illustrator because I feel it’s easier to use. But if you have neither, you can download a FREE 30-day trial! *Score*
So here is the finished piece! Pen-tooled out for about 2 hours, but I really like the finished product. Also, I really liked the picture in the back. I took it on the way to a few lakes I was exploring with friends in Central Oregon. Mt. Bachelor is beautiful!