I had my birth where stars were born

I am a space-crazed middle school science teacher. I have a sketchbook that I have filled with some of my favorite quotes about space, stars, the universe, exploration, etc. I decided on the first line of a poem by Minot Judson Savage entitled "My Birth": "I had my birth where stars were born." (http://www.bartleby.com/248/886.html) It reminds of Carl Sagan saying, "We are star-stuff," and the fact that the heavier elements required for life are created in supernovas, which in turn eject clouds of dust and gas which become the nurersies of the universe's stars.

Brainstorm List:

Mood Board: 

Practice writing my quote using print and script:

Letter Warm Up:

  1. Script
  2. Star Trek feel
  3. Star serif
  4. Funky points
  5. Basic serif
  6. Fancier star serif on a curve
  7. There is no seven!
  8. Tried to do letters on a curve with perspective. I need a lot of practice!
  9. Blackletter - another one that needs a lot of practice.
  10. In a shape - I like the feel of this one. I could envision text in the cloud. (I ran out of room for the second "s" in this sketch.)
  11. Fancy serif
  12. Fancy script
  13. I like the idea of adding a constellation map to the words. I think the constellation placement looks better below, but I did a better job drawing the constellation on the second one.
  14. Another serif in a shape. Need to work on shadows
  15. Fancy serif
  16. Another basic serif
  17. Simple ornaments - started with dots then decided on stars.
  18. Serif pillars
  19. Tall letters

I've noticed that I seem to have trouble making my letters wide  - I seem to like thinner letters. I need to work on that. I also feel a bit out of my league. I'm just dabbling in lettering and hoping to learn a lot. I'm very much a beginner.

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I played around a bit, but I feel like there is a lot of sameness. The lettering is quite rough on most of them. I liked where I started with #7, but I don't feel like it works together, and I don't know how to fix it. I also like #9, but I'd need a different lettering style for the bottom two words. I also like the idea of pulling in constellation art like #1 and #4. I feel like it all still needs a lot of work. I'm not getting the entire feel I want, but I'm not sure how to incorporate a nebula with this.

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