Andrew Ley

Designer

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Albatross

So it's about time I made a start on documenting my progress through this course. 

I've been promising myself I'll start improving my hand lettering skills for the best part of 2 years now. The work of Jessica Hische first got me interested, and since then I've discovered other letterers like Sean McCabe, Ryan Hamrick and Sergey Shapiro. 

My favourite style of lettering is quite loose, informal and (as Neil says) snappy. I gravitate toward type that's quite bold like this:

'Gusto' by Ryan Hamrick

by Ryan Hamrick.

This:

Catch of the Day by Jason Vandenburg

by Jason Vandenburg.

and This:

Sofia by Matt Vergotis

by (fellow left-hander) Matt Vergotis.

I've been spending my evening scribbling all over pieces of paper, trying to learn the shapes and weights of script letters, and learning to control the weight of marks from brush pens. An average session looks a bit like this at the end:

This is also an opportunity for me to get used to sharing my hand-produced work online. As a starter to this I posted up the following on my Twitter feed the other morning:

The word I'm going to use for this project is 'Albatross'. It may seem like an odd choice, but I love the sound of this word and, also, I need to work on my r's and s's as these are the script letters that I have the most trouble with at the moment (both in terms of making them readable and making their size and spacing consistent). I'm going to aim for the loose, bold style that I have mentioned.

For now, that is all :)

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