Nicole Ryder

Graphic Designer

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"I love you more than my luggage."

Exploring Inspiration

So, at first, choosing my quote was difficult. I'd originally planned on doing "All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust" from Peter Pan, but it was a bit too long, and I had originally planned on designing it for a tattoo I want, but in order to do that, it would need to be in one line, and small (for the area on my body that I'd want to put it - along the collar bone). So, I began brainstorming some of my other favorite quotes, and this one popped into my head and I knew I had to do it. One of my favorite movies is Steel Magnolias, and I especially love this scene and these characters. Also, my mom and I say that to each other all the time. So, my thought is to make this into a card, possibly for Mother's Day if I can do it in time, but if not, then for her birthday.

Below is my list of words after brainstorming.

I want to go for a vintage travel feel, so I began thinking about words related to that. Then I also began thinking about words related to love and the relationship between the characters in the movie. Finally, I started thinking about the things you take along in your luggage when you travel.

Following this, I began searching for my inspiration images. I went to Pinterest, of course, and started my collection of images. I started my search, and oh my goodness, there was A LOT to choose from. I had to make myself stop. ha Below are screenshots from my Pinterest board. I tried to get them all; I have 73 pins. ha :)

As you can see, I looked for vintage luggage, luggage tags, and luggage stickers, along with vintage maps and globes, and other vintage inspired (along with a few southern inspired, since the movie is set in Louisiana) pieces. I'm really excited by all that I've found, especially with the luggage stickers. So much type to choose from!

May 7th, 2014

Basics of Lettering

Ok, after exploring a little more inspiration, and getting a few more art supplies, I've finally finished my Lettering Warm-Up. I decided to go with the word "luggage" because it's the longest word, and the word that stands out most for me in the phrase. You don't often hear someone say they love you more than their luggage. "Love you more than life itself," yes. "Love you more than a fat kid loves cake," maybe. But luggage? Kind of weird, which is one reason I love this quote. Also, the three "G's" in the word was something I thought I should tackle, and I realized I hate drawing the letter "G." But, I digress, so, without further ado...

For the first one, I was trying to go for the stitching and rivets on vintage luggage with the details. The second one is pretty self-explanatory, and for the third one, I was inspired by the writing on vintage postcards.

For this one, I was trying to make the shape of a piece of luggage with the word "luggage."

For this one, I wanted to go with something ornate and vintage-inspired, while using the details to suggest movement, like flying.

I think I like #5, and possibly #4, the best. For #4, for the final, I might prefer it to be imprinted on the front of a suitcase, rather than just the outline. I like the idea of then having "more than my" or just "than my" (or maybe even just "my") right before it, on a tag that is attached to the suitcase handle (like the luggage tags we all have to put on our suitcases, with name, address, etc.).

What does everyone think?? I'll be honest, I was a little scared to even get started on this because I wasn't sure how I would do, I think that's one reason it took me a little while to write an update. ha :) Anyway, please be honest, I value constructive criticism. Also, I was having a little trouble with the thick and thin parts of #3, like what Mary Kate discussed in the video. The letters that really gave me the most trouble with that were the "g's" (damn those things), so any feedback on that would be appreciated.

Hope you all like it!


May 9th, 2014

Sketching - Thumbnails

I was trying to go with the travel theme. For the instances where "LUGGAGE" is on the suitecase, I'm imaginging a leather suitcase with "LUGGAGE" imprinted on the leather (like how you would imprint an emblem on a leather wallet, for example). For number 2, I was going for a stamp like one that you would put on a postcard. For numbers 3 and 6, I was inspired by the interesting shapes of some of the luggage stickers I found on Pinterest, and their interesting text layouts. Finally, number 5 is supposed to be like a luggage tag.

I'm leaning toward 3, 4, or 5. But then, part of me also likes #6. ha What do you guys think?

June 23rd, 2014

Sketching - Sketches

So, after a bit of a hiatus due to a move, I decided to finally get back to my hand sketching! I decided to go with #5 since that seemed to be the concensus. Due to my move, I don't have my scanner right now, so I had to take a picture with my phone. Below is that image. I apologize for the shadow at the top. I went with the old fashioned luggage tag theme, and wanted minimal ornamentation since there is little in the original inspiration image. However, I'm not sure if it could maybe use just a bit more. Hope you guys like it!

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