Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy | Skillshare Projects

Holly Hall




Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy

"Let the honky tonk stardust cowboy keep on singin'."

The line is from a song written by Darrell Statler, and recorded by Lefty Frizzell in 1971. I'm a huge fan of classic country music, vintage western wear, and the work of Nudie Cohn, and this phrase is so evocative of the heyday of 1960's Nashville and Nudie's influence on the world of country music. I'm taking inspiration from Nudie suits (naturally), vintage neon and marquee signage, and country music show posters. I'm picturing the final product as a poster/print, possibly a T shirt, depending on the end result.


Here's my mood board:

I'm a bit behind, but I'm hoping to get through the second unit by tonight.

Friday, October 25th: This project is turning out to be more challenging than I anticipated, but I'm determined to stick with it. My drawing skills are so rusty! Anyway, here is my second lettering warmup. I "warmed up" all day yesterday off and on, and decided to scrap that and start fresh today.

Tuesday, October 29th:

I finally narrowed down some thumbnails to three very rough sketches. This first one has more of the old letterpress music show poster feel that I was using as one source of inspiration.

I think I'm liking this one best so far, but I'm not loving it. I'm worried that it feels a little top heavy and unbalanced.

And this third one is super rough, and more about experimenting with layout than any particular lettering style, so please keep that in mind. :)

I welcome any feedback. This project is realllllly stretching me, and I'm way out of my comfort zone here, so I'd love some advice. Thanks for looking.


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