I recently enrolled in a class with Joel Felix and Hans Bennewitz on Skillshare called "Lettering: Learn to Draw Illustrative words." The main class project was to pick a phrase that you like and engage in the design process to come up with a unique lettering treatment of your phrase. I decided to represent California with high hopes that I will be able to use it for a gallery exhibition that is happening with Interval Press this Summer. Check out some of my process below. This one evolved quite a bit as I took into consideration feedback from friends, other students, and the instructor of the course. I always love looking back in hindsight and seeing how much a project changed. I struggled with it until that moment came where the letters "came alive" and really felt like they were right.
I recently got asked to do another wedding invitation for two good friends of mine. This time I wanted to approach it differently than the last, but I wasn't sure how. I have been getting a lot of practice in hand-lettering lately, so I wanted to do something for them that would be completely original and customized to the content they gave me. I really felt that the content was so beautifully written that it lent itself to become somewhat of a "mini poster" covered in bronze hand-drawn script. Below is the finished product, and the process to go along with it.