Typography

Two weeks into 2015

Here's a weird thing - I posted a package off to my nieces a few days ago and I'm fairly sure I wrote the date on the registered article receipt as 01/14.

One thing I still get really excited about is buying a new sketchbook. My brand new Daler-Rowney sketchbook (which is way more affordable than a freaking Moleskine) is so fresh and so clean and full of wonderful possibilities. And then I put my pencil to the paper...

After all the hullaballoo that's been happening in my family recently, I finally got some time to buckle down and do some doodling.

And true to my resolution, stuck to my guns and did some digital painting.

These are still works in progress! They're just playful little doodles but I think I might be getting an idea for a longform work. Hopefully. Oh no I've jinxed it. *SIGH

Glass Houses

Somebody suggested 'Ready Player One' to me and not really knowing what to expect, I popped in my earphones and listened to Wil Wheaton reading it to me via the wonders of audiobook technology.

I can safely say I was pleasantly overwhelmed geekery wonderousness of it all. So about a month or two onwards, I decided to pay tribute to one of my favourite quotes via typography!

Here's what the final product looked like.

So this time I wanted to do something bright and colourful to contrast some of the typography I'd been doing lately that looked really gritty and had a lot of texture.

Here's a look at some of the process shots:
 

By the way, you can get this typography as sweet, sweet merchandise on my Society6!


Hahaha...

A new piece of design and fancy new merchandise to be bought on Society6! This design is also available as the merchandise below.

Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.

Another wonderful quote by Terry Pratchett. I'm not entirely sure why but I found myself struggling a bit with those one, where as the other quote, "Humans need fantasy" seemed to flow out from my pen.

I think it's because I wanted to try something new and nothing like my past typography posters, and it's hard to do something that's not natural to your hand I guess.

I didn't realise it but this finished product looked a lot like a grindhouse poster with an even mix of cartoonish 50's sci-fi.

Something else that was different about this project was I'd completely messed up the raw drawing that was scanned in and I didn't realise it until I'd exported the file into Photoshop. That's why a healthy dose of concentration is helpful when trying to draw things, kids. You'll see the mistake below:

So not only did I somehow manage to change an 'F' to an 'E', I'd drawn out the word 'SIGN' twice. Excellent job, Naj.

It took a fair bit of cleaning up. I usually spend a lot more time with precise lines and layering black ink on black ink to make sure the scans turn out pristine, and this was a complete exception.

The second picture is how it looked cleaned up! A vast improvement.

And finally, these were the three  versions I did up before deciding on the final one!

I also have to add that I did not spot that I had drawn 'a sure sign' instead of 'the sure sign'! Which goes to show you, you really need a fresh pair of eyes to point out these mistakes to you.