A couple weeks ago, I had the chance to collaborate with the Spanish magazine ‘Mooi Magazine’, and to create the lettering for the back cover of the next issue! I loved to illustrate the phrase with my brushes, although I don’t usually work with pinks and purples, it is nice sometimes to get out of your comfort zone 🙂
A few weeks ago, Self Magazine approached me to make a hand lettering with the words: “You’re brilliant, amazing, gorgeous, hilarious,…”. I was so thrilled they contacted me so I said YES! This was my first hand lettering paid job, so I was pretty nervous about the result! Here are a few of the proposals I made and the final artwork. In the end, we picked one of the first sketches I made.
And this is the final art:
What do you think? I think I had a preference for number 2 or 3…
Today, I would like to share a bit more than just the final piece. I am going to share the steps i used to arrive to the final lettering, in terms of composition and colors. That way, you can learn more about my work & thought process.
I tried a white ink on black paper to see what it looked like, but i came back to the watercolors because I didn’t think it fitted the quote. I wanted something light.
I took the same quote, but put it in french, just because normally I only do English, so for a change! I tried some different combinations of watercolors and really liked what happened in the words “les voir”, so i kept these colors as reference.
Another tryout similar to step 3.
I quite like the floating composition of this one, but there are still things that don’t look nice. The words “les voir” is too much on the left and leaves a big white space under “veut bien”. Let’s try to improve that. Of course i could move the words in Photoshop, and i usually do some Photoshop to makes things look more harmonious, but this time, i am going to play the game fully 🙂
I am quite happy with this final composition and colors, so I stopped there. Of course, you can always make everything better and perfection it, but it is also nice to be able to stop at some point.