Q:If I'm interested in learning hand-lettering skills, what are some tips for a beginner? I'm very interested in type and text and hand crafted work. I just applied for the Visual Communications program today at my university :) Similar to a project I created earlier this year, I find that when people recreate chalkboard art on Photoshop, it says more than what they meant - using something digital to create something analog.
Thanks for the question! That’s always a tricky one to answer because in short I’m not familiar with any systematic way to learn hand lettering (though I’m sure calligraphy would help). I’d say a very important practice to adopt is to keep an eye out for interesting examples of lettering and typography and document them whenever you can. At the start it’s going to be a lot of imitation and practice while you get a feel for proper proportions and learn the various anatomies and styles of letters. As you keep studying letterforms you’ll develop your own “vocabulary” and repertoire. A great reference is “A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles”. Best of luck and have fun!
New chalk installations for Daniel Richards in their Atlanta showroom!
Check out the rest of it on Behance.
CDC 24/7 PosterAlong with a group of students from Portfolio Center, I had the privilege of working with the CDC Foundation in preparation for the CDC Foundation Hero Award. I love a good meticulous project but this one gave me my fill and more. The concept was to depict a fictitious microcosm that would serve to demonstrate the extent of CDC’s involvement in our daily lives. The details are what make this project because I wanted to build a world with enough substance to it so that the viewer’s mind could wander and create their own story. Attempting to provide enough visual interest for a 60x45” poster nearly killed me, but I think it was worth it in the end :)
See the full photo set & process on Behance.
Feels like it’s been ages since I’ve posted, but I’ve been super busy with work, school, and various side projects so there should be a lot more coming down the pipeline soon. Here’s a quick little commissioned project I did for a friend’s church involving a logo and pamphlet redesign. Sometimes you have the most fun with projects that you don’t have to overthink…no grand, esoteric concept trying to jump the curve, just the simple joys of an artist free to work on his canvas.
Lots more to come soon!