Tabitha Kerbabian

Letterer & Graphic Designer

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Every Flower Must Grow Through Dirt (for Lettering II)

I have documented my work for both The First and Final Steps of Hand-Lettering together in this project page.


Phrase
: "Every flower must grow through dirt"

Application: Greeting card, poster



Words Relating to Phrase:

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Mood Board:

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5 Style Warmup
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Understanding Hand-Drawn Letters:

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Concept Setches:

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Final Inking:

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I did a lot of cleaning up in Photoshop for my final inking, and although there are lots of areas I see room for imporvement on, I'm really happy with the final image.


Colour Explorations:

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I experimented with a few different colour schemes in Adobe Illustrator CS4, picking colours directly from some of the images in my mood board. I settled on a vintage floral inspired colour palette of reds and oranges along with some green and brown. I chose a canvas colour for a natural background. This colour palette is very much inspired by gardening.


Texture Experiments:

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I had so much fun playing with handmade textures. I used my small set of paintbrushes, some Speedball India Ink, and a bit of styrofoam as a make-shift stamp. The styrofoam actually worked wonders as a brush to create the gritty round strokes you see.

I bought Kyle T. Webster's mega pack of photoshop brushes and downloaded a trial of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for Creative Cloud since the brushes are not compatible with the CS4 software I have. I love those brushes, but my CC trial ended, so I'm back to using CS4 for now. I ended up layering my own handmade textures with other Photoshop brushes I downloaded including a set called Grimey and Jack's Brush Set.


Final Image:

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After playing quite a bit with different textures and tweaking colours in Adobe Photoshop CS4, I have arrived at a solution. I went a little heavy on the textures here, but that graniness suits the properties of dirt / gardening and therefore works with my concept. I did a couple test prints - one on glossy photo paper as a small poster / art print, and the other, smaller, on regular printer paper to see how this image might work for the intended greeting card application. The prints came out a little bit lighter than anticipted, so I might darken the original image before printing again / trying out different paper. Feedback is welcome!

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