Aloha! - student project

I'm hanging out in Kauai this week so I figured this would be a perfect project to tackle while I'm away. If I have the opportunity to print somewhere I may mail it to a few people and myself! Kauai is a really vibrant island with a lot of culture and rhythm so I tried to reflect that in my letters. Oh, and the pineapple here is to die for.

This is my first hand-lettering project but it has always been something I have wanted to try. I have a background in design but no training in type (yet). I just started grad school and have taken interest in typography and hand-lettering so I am starting to get my feet wet. I plan to make a card in each city I travel to in hopes that I will get better at this!

A few process sketches:

Aloha! - image 1 - student project

The final text trace:

My lines aren't completely clean but I've been refining for a long time so I think I'll start a new card to keep practicing. I thought I was good at using the pen tool until this project. Whew!

Aloha! - image 2 - student project

Final Product:

Aloha! - image 3 - student project

Mahalo for looking!!!! (: