Give It Horns

"Give It Horns" is an expression my dad often used to express giving your all.
This saying was the starting point, but I wanted to give the words a local reference.

I decided to visit some local antique shops around town to get some inspiration.
Here a couple of examples of letteing pieces I found during my search.

Inspiration:

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My idea was to incorporate lettering within the silhouette of an African Buffalo.
The African Buffalo is one of South Africa's Big 5 animals and is known for its strength.

Sketching:

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rough idea sketch 

I wanted the lettering to be easily legible while molding to the buffalo shape.

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lettering 1.1

The "T" in "IT" was looking a bit too much like an "F" so I adjusted it slightly and inked the final.

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lettering 1.2 - final inked letters

Vectored the lettering and placed it within the buffalo. Made some slight changes to straighten out some kinks in the letters, but still wanted to maintain a slightly rough hand drawn look.

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vectored lettering

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Final T-shirt mockup



Thanks to Steve Wolf for putting this class together, I look forward to the next class.



Update:

Made the lettering a bit more bold, especially the "Give It" which was hard to read on a small scale.
Also added some texture to the buffalo.

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