Brette Ashley

Graphic Design & Illustrator

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At The Bottom

The quote I am lettering is a lyric from Brand New's song At The Bottom.

"Some men die under the mountains just looking for gold."

I chose to use the word "mountain" for my mind map and was thinking about the wilderness and lumberjacks, etc.

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Since I was thinking of the wilderness I thought about vintage badges, maybe badges you might get in boy scouts so I did a quick search of vintage badges and typography for my inspiration images.

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I used some of these ideas to sketch out the word "mountain" a bunch of times to get my hands ready to sketch out the whole quote. I really enjoy doing scripty type fonts so I did a few of those but also wanted to try some things that I don't usually do such as blackletter (which could use some work).

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I really liked the images that had the type inside of an object so I started experiementing a little bit with that style. I sketched the words inside of a beard, a skull and on a T-shirt. 

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I really liked how the T-shirt design was looking because I felt like the type became a part of the shirt design and it was like a design inside of a design which was interesting. So I decided to go with the t-shirt design for my full sketch.

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Would love to get some feedback on this before going to the inking stage! Thanks for listening.

I decided to change a few things, I wanted to put the beginning text into a beard instead of the neck as I got in a few suggestions.

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Here is my fina color version. I'm not entirely happy with it so might make some more changes. Not sure if it's the concept I'm not liking though so I may do another project. Let me know what you think!

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