Genius is 1% inspiration & 99% perspiration | Skillshare Projects

Trinette Brown

Graphic Designer



Genius is 1% inspiration & 99% perspiration

As someone who's trying to improve my hand lettering, this challenge is awesome!! I love Mary Kate's lettering style, and I've really enjoyed the class so far.

I had a hard time deciding on a quote (too many to choose from!) but I eventually landed on "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration". I like that this gives me to opportunity to play around with product application (vintage deoderant stick?) and I'd like to be able to print the final version for my workspace as a reminder that you have to put in the work if you want to see results.

When putting together my mood boards, I was looking for vintage soap & deoderant packaging, as well as vintage typography styles and letters that I liked. Here are my mood boards so far:



Working on my lettering warm ups & initial sketches now!  

Initial lettering warm ups & thumbnails:


Rough Sketch:


Overall I'm pretty happy with how this is turning out so far!

I still have some work to do on the "99%" part... I think i'm going to make the numbers a bit smaller and possibly add a drop shadow or something... Stay tuned!

Any feedback is welcome :) 

Didn't make the deadline, but here is my inked sketch!!
I spent a long time playing around with the layout on the bottom, trying to find to best way to fit "Perspiration" in without it being stacked.


I still see a couple things I would like to fix up (the "S" in "Inspiration" for one) but overall I'm pretty happy with how this is coming together! 

Off to do more refining and move on to Illustrator - I'm determined to catch up for the next deadline!


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