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E is for Eggers: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

I have finally finished my drop cap! I still think it is lacking a few details in the E, but I am open to any feedback or comments you guys have.

Thanks for the great class!
-Liz

  1. Sketch Phase
  2. Quick vector rendering
  3. Morphing that letter shape into the best E it can be
  4. Working out the detail

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After watching all of the Skillshare videos through and through months ago, I have finally made it back around to working on the project! I just finished reading 'A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius' by Dave Eggers, and thought it would make a great story for my dropcap letterform. In the novel, Eggers is a unsteady rock for his family that is going through a traumatic series of losses. Forced to care for his younger brother at a volatile age, Dave and some of his siblings bravely move to San Francisco in hopes of leaving behind the stigma as the wounded family that their Chicago neighbors began to see them as.

Anyhoo, I want to portray Eggers as a rock - but have subtleties that hint towards his fragile past. I envision the "skeleton" of my letter as being very strong, and since SF is such a big part of the story I really want to use the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to weave between the letterform.

I would also love to incorporate the ocean somehow, but I don't want to overwhelm the sketch. I did a few lowercase e's with the tail of the e cascading into a wave, but I don't think it has quite the same impact. A compass, a cross, and clouds to symbolize heaven would be other pieces I could incorporate into this puzzle.

(sorry the sketches are sideways!)

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