I Love Everything That You Will Be & Everything You Are

Ok, here goes. I took Lettering I by Mary Kate and though it was a fantastic class. I'm not a graphic designer by any means but I am artistic and crafty and I am in love with learning hand lettering! These courses are difficult for me since I'm such a beginner, but I already see progress and the process that she teaches has really helped me focus when I'm feeling intimidated by a blank page. For this class I wanted to complete a project that will (if good enough!) end up being a gift to a friend of mine that is expecting her first child. The original quote is "I love all that you will be and everything you are" from the children's book How Do I Love You? by Marion Bauer but I tweaked it a tiny bit to make it my own.

Here are some of my inspiration images: 

The words I brainstormed were:

  • playful
  • spring
  • flowers
  • flora & fauna
  • sunshine
  • birds
  • journey

Here's some lettering warm up with the word "You"

Here's my sketch! I'm pretty excited about it. I don't have amazing technical drawing skills but I'm proud that I've made progress in even the last few months. I just need to practice practice practice! 

Scanned in sketches...

COLOR!!!! Ok, need some help though, I've gone back and forth with choosing the colors a million times, this is actually the first time I've really colored anything in Illustrator. I'm debating changing the purple to a bright pink. Any suggestions?? What about the background??

Texture time....seeing as I don't have Photoshop or access to it I had to do things a tad differently. I ended up using a photo of fabric that I have to create the background texture. For the texture in the word "ARE" I used a scanned in texture that I turned into vectors in Illustrator, and just messed with it from there until I got what I think is a pretty decent result. I've learned a LOT just from trial and error, I've used some techniques I've never done before and many times found myself googling how to do things in Illustrator. Phew! It's been a lot of hard work but I'm pretty happy with the result! 

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