Intro to Creative Lettering begins Thursday night and our first class is all about blocks – block letters to be precise. I like to think of block letters as the foundation to creative lettering. They don’t require perfect penmanship, they are’t fussy, and they only require just a few simple tools in order to unleash your creativity.
I like to draw my letters on graph paper first. The lines help me keep everything in proportion and it is so inexpensive I don’t feel bad if I have to start over. Once I have my letters drawn I transfer them to high quality art paper. I like using Strathmore Mixed Media paper or Canson Illustration paper for their smooth surface. Both papers stand up well to watercolor washes so I don’t have to worry about the paper buckling.
Once I have my letters transferred to my paper deciding how to embellish them often takes me the most time and consideration. Should I color the letters, ink them first then add paint? Maybe I should replace one of the letters with a drawing that compliments the word (like I did for the moon above) or play with the arrangement like the one on the right? Should I add shadows to make them look 3-dimensional or paint around them so that the letters form a negative shape? As you can see the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
I can’t wait to see what everyone creates. I know they will be fabulous!
Until next time…keep those pencils sharp!