Hello! Thanks for checking out my monogram. First of all, Thank you Kelly for putting together this class. I recently moved back home to Wisconsin after two years of working as a package designer in NYC, so I decided to make this project in honor of my move back Home.
I will first show you my final project and a gif of the process, and then I will take you through my process step by step :)
Above is my final illustrated monogram and just below is a gif of my process. It starts with the refined sketch that acts as a skeleton for the illustrated piece. This original sketch felt a bit sterile and too perfect for my taste, so I decided to draw over top of the sketch to create a bit of variation within each letter.
So, I started out with sketching small and mostly loose ideas. A litte embarassed to show these, but yea, this is how I got to where I got! When I stumbled across the idea of having the letter "o" relate to the letter "e" as a larger round character and having the straight stokes of the letter "m" relating to the letter "h" I decided this is where I wanted to move forward and start refining.
Here these are the swipe reference material that helped inform my design.
Above is a word monogram from Friends of Type. If you are not following these dudes, you need to be! They are a collective of a couple dudes who keep in touch by creating awesome custom typography and lettering. I love how the letters read from left to right and from out to in. This graphic helped inform my more refined sketches.
Once I had decided on creating my lettering piece inspired by FOT, I wanted to find a style that would connect to the idea of what the word "Home" means to me. And for me, Home, Wisconsin, means nature and the outdoors.
I found this piece of illustration from the all mighty Ryan Putnam on dribbble, to help inform my style .
So below is my initial sketch. This was the first step toward planning out the larger composition. Number 2 on the right was actually the first attempt, and then number 3 was the filled in version where I decided on how shadow could be used to help with readability.
Now that I had this refined sketch, I used it as a skeleton to draw on top of. I wasn't happy with how straight and perfect the lines were, so I decided to move forward by taking into account the referece from Ryan Putnam. I now started to think about added a little contrast within each letter so they weren't so perefect. And I also laid out the ground work for how the wood texture would be drawn.
After creating the above image, I decided on adding a cardinal, and pine needles to act as supportive elements to my wood type inspired by nature in Wisconsin. In this inked version, I added a thicker stroke to the outside of each letter, and exagerated the line work to be a bit more uneven and organic.
Once I had this inked version, I scanned it and brought it into photoshop where I added all of the color and shadows.
Then I added the shadows to help separate each letter.
And I finished off the piece by adding shadow and highlights to the top, bottom, left,
and right of each letter :)
Thanks and Cheers!