Blythe Jewell

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Don't cry because it's over, SMILE because it happened

I chose a quote from Dr. Seuss: "Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened." I went through a number of different ideas, including a rainbow with pot of gold, smiling mouth, silver lining around clouds and others, but after reviewing my thumbnail sketches I settled on a cloud vs. sun concept because I felt it had a lot of interesting symmetry and coloring potential. 

This is my current sketch:

Changes I'm planning:

1. fix the spacing between rows

2. remove the line separator between the middle lines (or add more space between them so it doesn't look so jumbled)

3. even out spacing between letters on all lines

4. change the style of the last line

I'm considering changing the last line to separate out the text from the image, with the last layer being just a half/partial sun and the line above it text only. Also considering changing the lines above the word "because" to somehow fit around it, so there aren't two separate lines for that word. (I know this explanation doesn't make sense but it's really only for my own reference so just ignore me!)

Still a lot to do... but overall, I'm pleased with the direction I'm headed. This is my first stab at lettering and I know I have a long way to go before reaching the level of some of the other AMAZING projects out here, but I'm getting there. 

Any thoughts? Suggestions? All are welcome! 

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Update 7/24

I've made some changes based on my notes above and the one comment I received from Diana K. (No more saw blades! Thank you!)

I created an ink version from tracing my revised sketch, but found the Uniball pen a lot more difficult to work with, and really struggled to get my strokes smooth and even. There are a lot ot mistakes in this area and that's frustrating. The solution to this might be a simple matter of finding a different pen that works better for me... I'm going to explore this a little and see what I can come up with (suggestions would be welcome!!).

Anyway. In the meantime, here is where my lettering project currently stands:

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