Draw Your Words: Groovy Letters

Let's talk about drawing lines. You might think that you write words, but I will argue that you draw them. You curve your "S" just so, cross your lower case "t" and perhaps put horizontal lines across your "Z" or "7". To make better letters, you’ve got to create a lot of letters. So we’re going to look at letters from a variety of angles and perspectives.

Also... The nib size of your pen or marker {as well as the paper or the surface texture, the amount of pressure, the angle of the pen...} all impact your results and what you "can" do with the writing implement. Picture trying to draw teeny details with a big brush PITT pen or trying to paint eyes with a tube of OPI lipstick. It's not that you can't do it, or there's any RULE against doing it - in fact your results might be quite fabulous - but it might the mark-making tool might not be well-matched for the work. So if something isn't working, analyze all of the variables and see what you can adjust.

There's a video for this section of the workshop where I show you how to create groovy, graffiti-esque letters using a variety of markers.

Watch here or Vimeo or YouTube {6 mn}

In the video, you'll learn how to draw a word with a Faber-Castell Big Brush nib or wide-nibbed marker and then outline it with a smaller-nibbed pen, like a Stabilo Worker, a Sakura Gelly Roll and a Sakura Micron. The idea for the outlining is to get familiar with the curves, the way the pen needs to move to make the groovy lettering.

When you draw the outlines again, try to emulate the lines you just drew. This week, try this groovy lettering technique with a few different words. Or the same word over and over again! You can then take a brush nibbed marker and color in "around" the outline to leave just the white space, the word. For an even groovier graffiti look, let the letter outlines run together even more so that they are less and less coherent and more grungy. 

Creative Insight of the Day: 

Less of Comfortable Shoes Studio contemplates accomplishment in worn pencils, "Until the end of the semester there is no way to measure my accomplishment. Enter the pencils. Using up a pencil gives me a measurement of use; notes taken, ideas recorded, and time spent.

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