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 🙂
If i haven’t posted in a while, it is because i am being busy with my study (a course to learn how to build websites and apps), and with a fun project of lettering for a magazine of New York. In the meantime, I have been able to paint some little birdies. I hope you will like them.
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.
I discovered recently an amazing illustrator and pattern designer, Moniquilla (http://masmoniquilla.blogspot.com.es). She makes repeat patterns with watercolor, markers, colored pencils,… and later applies it to textiles, iphone cases, notebooks, etc. She seems to be able to clone herself, when you see how many things she does! Anyway, i found an online course from her on how to make repeat patterns, and below is what i came up with. We had to think about a final product for our pattern, and i chose an olive oil packaging. Now that i am living in Spain, i discovered how important this ingredient is in their diet. I really love it! But i am always a bit disappointed in the bottle designs in the supermarket. So i decided to lift it up and applied the pattern i designed to a glass bottle.