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Banich Sign

Before finding this class, I had spent some time with Shadow Type and Graphic Della Strada by Steven Heller and Louise Fili and was really digging alot of the letters and signs within.  I did a bunch of sketches inspired by the images in the books but wasn't sure how I was going to turn them into polished pieces.  Then I saw this class and it was go time.  

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Here's a page that really spoke to me.  

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Here's a sketch made based of the signage. It's my last name with an extra "i" on the end.  My Italian friend puts one on the end when she says my name.

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Then I saw this post from Spencer Charles (who just so happens to work at Fili) and really liked the wavy pattern on the face of the 5.  I thought the playfulness of the wavy lines would work nicely inside the playful shapes of the letters.

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Here are the letters made in Illustrator, took off the last "i" to stay true to my name. I'm breaking the "keep the letters the same width" but I think it'll be okay ;)

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Before finding the class, this was about as far as I had gotten in Illustrator, working with building out the letter in deep space.  After enrolling and watching all the videos to get an idea of the process, I went back to the basic shapes and started fresh.

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Here's what I'm bringing into Photoshop!

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Coming along!

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Getting there...

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Calling it done.  I'll probably go back and re-do the blur on the wall shadow and bring the wavy pattern out a bit more.  I tried to push the shadow a bit more with the smudge and the lines got a bit messed up, but happy with the outcome nonetheless.

Thanks for the class Jeff, it was a great experience.  Each video did a great job progressing the piece a bit further than the last!

Banich!

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*edit.  fixed the wall shadow's blur.  Feeling much better.

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