I have been — and always shall be — your friend. | Skillshare Projects

YiRan Carroll

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I have been — and always shall be — your friend.

Oct. 17, 2013

There are so many great Star Trek quotes, but I really like this one from the Wrath of Khan.

“I have been — and always shall be — your friend.”

I'm not sure if it's even a good idea to do a quote from Star Trek, because I'm not particularly interested it making this look Trekky in terms of letterform style. But, I'll try it out and see!

Oh Spock, you get me — right here — every time.

Stay tuned!

Oct. 18, 2013

I've got a moodboard up on Pinterest. I really need to add some actual lettering examples, but I think I've found that I really want to do a midcentury type of lettering/illustration style. 

I also really like the color palettes of some of these illustrations. I'm hoping to incorporate that into my lettering sketch.

Not sure at this point how much I want my lettering to be about Star Trek. Ideally there would be just enough of a reference so that if you know where the quote is from, you'll be able to recognize it. But I don't want it to look unapproachable to someone who's not familiar with the series.

Oct. 21, 2013

Thanks for your comments, guys! I'm super pumped about this project but also nervous that I won't do the quote justice.

Anyway, wanted to post my brainstorming/ideation word cloud... As you can see, it's a bit all over the place! I think I like the idea of using space elements like stars/comets or asteroids. But it will really depend on the style of lettering I land on, since that should be hero.

For my lettering exercise, I chose the word "friend." The 5 styles I picked are: script, sans serif, serif (or many that's fancy serif), in a shape (the shape is supposed to be the star trek emblem, not sure how well that's working), and on a curve. I still need to get a compass, which I'm excited about purchasing because I haven't owned a compass since I was in 8th grade?!

By the way, the writing utencil I chose to use for these exercises is a lead holder with a soft lead which to makes a darker mark than a #2 pencil. I like using it for precise work, but I also like when the lead wears down a bit. I don't have to use a lot of pressure, which is nice for a quick sketch.

I'm thinking some sort of sans serif is probably most appropriate for this, although I could turn it on its head and do a fancy scripty thing. What do you think?

Oh, and I found something this morning that I think is good inspiration for this project:

Oct. 22, 2013

More lettering warm ups! This time I used graph paper as well as a few lettering books for reference. Later I'm planning to take photos of my reference books to show as my inspiration.

Some of these work better for my quote than others, but I wanted to try out some of the styles I didn't in the first round, like ornamental and blackletter.

Oct. 25, 2013

Thumbnails! I started exploring some layouts...

Let me know what you think!

November 11, 2013

It's been awhile since my last update, but I haven't forgotten about Spock & Kirk! I played with the dimensional layout in the middle bottom thumbnail of my first thumbnail sheet, but it wasn't looking the way that I wanted. So I changed up my layout a bit to better fit the format of a poster. Here it is - I'd love to get your thoughts! I'm thinking that in the next iteration of this sketch, I'll add more trekky details such as the LLAP hand gesture as well as the United Federation logo.

November 13, 2013

So the other day I ordered my compass on Amazon. I'm pretty excited about it!

Anyway, I thought I'd use it to help me draw letters on a curve to help with making my layout feel more cohesive.

However, I still don't feel this sketch is there. I really like the Always on a diagonal in the middle of the drawing, but it's posing a feel design challenges. Like, "Your Friend" is fitting awkwardly in the space in the bottom right hand corner. And the curved "I have been" feels uneven because there's a gap at the bottom left. HRRRM. I'm a little bit frustrated that I haven't figured out a good layout solution yet, but I'll keep on keepin on!

Also, I tried to integrate more trekky lettering, but I feel like there's not enough variety or visual interest...

If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

December 7, 2013

Finishing this up to submit to the contest!

Here's the pencil sketch. I had been struggling a bit with the layout of this but I think I landed on something that feels somewhat balanced. This is for a poster so I thought a border would be nice.


And here is my final inked drawing scan. I'm looking forward to finalizing this with colors and textures!


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