Chin Up!

Chin Up! - student project

Today I had a bad day at work, and I decided to watch this class while eating a late lunch. Jamie's tutorial on horizontal and vertical anchor points got me so excited that I stopped what I was doing and tried to hand letter myself a little pick-me-up that said "Chin Up". My annoying day at work had put me in a negative state of mind, and I doubted my ability to a) hand letter a phrase that looked nice and b) get smooth enough anchor points to make a presentable final product. SO happy I decided to do it anyway. 

Chin Up! - image 1 - student project

I followed Jamie's workflow and started by drawing individual letter styles that I liked, then narrowed it down from there. I tried a few variations before tracing some that I liked

Chin Up! - image 2 - student project

Setting up the guides really helped me improve and clean up the look of my sketched letters.

Chin Up! - image 3 - student project

I was able to create these letters with all horizontal anchor point handles, save for one point where I needed a 45' set of handles, and of course the anchor points that had no handles at all. 

Chin Up! - image 4 - student project

Chin Up! - image 5 - student project

I then took what I learned in one of Jamie's other amazing classes to add some texture and interest to the final piece.

Chin Up! - image 6 - student project

Chin Up! - image 7 - student project

Thank you so much for this amazing little class, Jamie! It did wonders for what was almost written off as a bad day. 

Dylan Mierzwinski

Illustrator & Lover of Flowers

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