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Paula Chan

Designer, Photographer, Baker, Rock Climber!

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Bloom Where You're Planted (Part I)

July 2015 Lettering Challenge

Just in time, as I was just about to start this class! Very excited to get going on it! The added incentive of completing the challenge and both courses helps a lot. Plus I will have a nice finished piece at the end!

My Phrase:

I collected so many good phrases, it was hard to choose! I also considered some French phrases, as sometimes, things sound so much more romantic in French! But when I thought of "Bloom Where You're Planted," I immediately started seeing pictures.

The phrase also brought to mind one of my favorite letterer/illustrators, Mary Engelbreit, with whom this phrase is very much associated. I have purposely not looked up her version, even though I have several books about her work, so I will not be unduly influenced, and will come up with my own version.

10 July, 2015

Brainstorming:

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MoodBoard:

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I love the vintage look and feel of these old posters and hope to replicate the cream background, adding some texture in Mary Kate's next class, Lettering II.

Here's a closer look and more inspo:

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Warmups:

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Left: Script, Ornate, Fancy Serif, Sans Serif.

Right: Serif on a curve, Representational, Black Letter.

13 July, 2015

Thumbnails:

First one that popped into my head:

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Next few plus some ornament experimentation:

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First large sketch:

You can see how I am experimenting with ornamentation and embelishments. I've very lightly started to sketch the sunflower. Will need to fix spacing and size issues.

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First refinement:

Experimenting with swashes. "Planted" wound up too close to "You're." I tried making the "a" and the "n" a bit bigger. I don't think it's working. I also made the "H" narrower.

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I noticed the second "O" for "Bloom" didn't work when drawn the same size as the first, so I shortened it, in keeping with my initial sketch where I had done this intuitively. 

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It's very subtle, but the curve over the top of the word from the first O to the M is now much smoother and looks like is fits with the second O shorter.

Similarly, the second "E" in "WHERE" needed to be larger to fill the space next to the "R." Again, something I had done intuitively. You can see where I erased the smaller E and how the larger E looks more balanced underneath.

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Initial sunflower drawing:

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Sketch composite:

I moved "Planted" over to the right and the "d" over to the left a bit. The leaf on the left will need to be enlarged to fill the space better. The petals need a bit more work as well.

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Still needs work, but I like where it's going! I'm trying to decide if I have too many fonts. Thoughts?

17 July, 2015

Sunflower size comparison.

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Left: Original.  Right: Smaller Center.

I decided to keep the larger center. At first I was concerned that when filled in, a large dark center would be too distracting for the lettering. Upon further research, the center can be more yellow.

19 July, 2015

Final Inked drawing.

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I'm still deciding on embellishments  for the sides and corners. I will try different things in the computer. I tried "You're" without the line shadows and it did not have enough "heft" so I kept them in. This still needs more clean up, but I will be doing that in the next course. Join me to see the finished product at "The Final Steps of Hand-Lettering: Color & Texture (Lettering II)"

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