"Faint heart never won fair lady." | Skillshare Projects



"Faint heart never won fair lady."


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So, it's been a few days.  I appreciate all the feedback I've received!  A small twist of fate has pushed me in a slightly different direction than what I had originally planned.  Over the weekend my husband and I watched the Disney version of Robin Hood, which I had forgotten was the first place I heard this phrase.  A brainbulb clicked on and I knew I wanted to incorporate the movie in some way.  Robin is an archer and I've always loved bows and arrows, so I know I'd like to include an homage to that, and in my sketches I kept trying out a "nature/forest" theme.  Sort of.  That's what I think of it, anyway.

So here are some more thumbnails and brainstorming sketches:

I really like numbers 13, 14, and 17, and I liked the idea in my head for 16 but didn't put much effort into the sketch.  Instead I tried my hand at making some bigger sketches, which has been much harder than I thought.  I need to go back and do more and more and more, I think.  I ended up really liking the robin hood/arrows/leafy theme, so here are the two sketches I did based on that. 

In theory, I really liked the layout of the first big sketch, but in practice I started to hate it.  I think spacing and size relation are some of the problems.  It began to feel too clean and sterile, if that makes sense.  I liked the messier look of the letters I did in the brainstorming sketch page.  I might still go back and redraw this one with some big changes.

The second one I quickly inked with a brush pen, because I was becoming uninspired by my pencil sketches and thought inking would help me make some decisions.  A brush pen was obviously not an ideal choice, but actually I kind of like the line quality it gave the drawing.  And obviously the letters and overall layout need tweaking. But I really like the layout.  It's simpler than what I originally had in mind, but I kind of like the slightly more rugged, handmade look to it.  Although it starts to feel a bit like a compass rose, so I'm thinking of losing the heart at the bottom and having the bottom two branches meet and cross over each other.

I could really, really use some quality feedback!  What do you think translates well, what designs do you like?  What problems do you see, or what things do you think I need to work on?

I'd also like to mention that I still really liked some of my earlier thumbnails that other people pointed out, and someday I might come back to this project and take it another way, just for fun.

Thanks in advance!



I feel like I'm at a point where I could really use feedback.  I'm conflicted about the direction I want to take this project.  On the one hand, I really like the mood in sketches 3, 4, and 7, which are a little more romantic and ambiguous in their application - finals of these would basically be intended just as posters.  But on the other hand, I still want to explore my idea of a medieval propoganda poster, but I'm not positive that idea works really well.  As you can probably tell, I spent a bit more time on number 12, and the thought of a kingdom distributing propoganda telling guys they'll get more girls if they join the knights or something makes me giggle.  I like the composition but I worry that the sketch gets too busy? Number 9 also makes me giggle - the thought of bored princesses tired of waiting to be rescued, embroidering banners to attract the menfolk is silly and I sort of like it, but it lacks relevence to what I'm really wanting to do with this project.

So I'm wondering what y'all think?  What direction would you take this?


After much (MUCH) brainstorming and the feeling that I will be doing much much more, I decided to just go ahead with my warmup sketches and hope that doing that would trigger some inspiration.  If nothing else, I needed to get some actual drawing done and take a break from just thinking about it.  Overall I'm pretty happy, and I do feel that the excercise has given me some ideas to move forward with.  I especially like the top left corner sketch, with the flourishes and swirlies.  I don't know what advice/criticisms someone might have at this point, but if you do then I'd love to hear it.


I'm doing this on an iPad until I get my scanner going so apologies for the pictures if they're weird. So both in my word association list and my inspiration-gathering, my focus seems to be on a medieval theme, sort of King Arthur type stuff. I've been looking at knight-in-shining-armor imagery and lots of illuminated letters and elaborate, messy scripts, and also some celtic art because I can't help myself. But I want my design to be more modern and relevant and maybe a little bit cheeky in order to fill my need for humor, so I'm also tossing around the idea of doing something like a medieval propaganda poster. I'm torn between keeping it flowy and organic or making it more graphic, like a screen print. I'll have to hash it out in sketches. Meanwhile, here's my list and some irritating screenshots of my Pinterest mood board. I am totally undecided about colors, as of yet.


Hi! My name is Kayla, I'm a 26-year-old casual artist/letterer looking to feed my passion and develop my skills in the hopes of one day becoming professional. I'm excited to go through this class and already feel myself learning and expanding as an artist.

So, after some brainstorming to come up with a phrase that was simple and compact, while also pleasing to me on an emotional and aesthetic level, I've decided to use the old adage: "Faint heart never won fair lady." (I originally wanted to choose a silly phrase, something that just made me laugh and had no deeper meaning whatsoever, other than it's testament to my fantastic sense of humor. But weight ended up trumping silliness, this time.) I already have an idea of what I want to do with it, but I'm eager for the next step of research. Learning to be patient and take the time to fully develop an idea will be difficult for me, but I can tell it is crucial.


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