Sunday, 5 October 2014

Doin' It By Hand

This is my first attempt at hand lettering, which, if you've read my previous posts, you know I've been avoiding for two reasons 1) my everyday writing is hard to read and 2) I'm a terribell spellr, but I think it worked out pretty well.  I'm still not sure I'd hand letter an entire story, but at least I know I can do it successfully.

I included the original text for the book title on the far right of the image so you can see how I did the lettering on the book.  I wrote out the title, then in Photoshop tilted it and skewed it that so that it conformed to the shape of the book's front cover and spine.  I decided to put the title on the book's spine to ensure the reader could read it.

Apart from the lettering, the other thing I wanted to mention is the crud and flecks of stuff on the table surface.  This wasn't planned, but just put in and once done I could see how important that little bit of stuff is in helping to define the ground plane and separate it from the empty background.