It always seems impossible until it's done | Skillshare Projects

Maria Sabogal

Graphic Designer and Craftsperson



It always seems impossible until it's done

When I first saw this class I was very excited about it since I've been pretty much obsessed with hand lettering for a while but hadn't actually given it a try. Now, luckily I have the time for t :)

Choosing a quote was quite hard for me, I wanted to look for something inspirational, that motivated me in some way until I remembered a quote by Nelson Mandela that I once used for a typography project back in college. 

It always seems impossible until it's done

I chose this one because it is to the point. To me it tells us that no matter how hard or difficult something might look at first, we must try our best at it and with effort we will eventually get where we want. We have the power to make it happen leaving fears and doubts aside. It's like you just have to go out there and make things happen, it might not be easy but in the end the rewarding feeling will pay off because you stepped out and the impossible just became a reality.

So I did some brainstorming

And then went on to the research/inspiration part:

For this quote I thought of a retro style, with sans serif layered type that I think can bring some depth and vigor to the composition. I looked for vintage posters, with letters using texture, drop shadows and a very colorful palette.

Lettering warm up

And it was time for drawing some letters! I chose the impossible word for this part. At first I was a little nervous since it was the first time I did this following a specific and more thought process. 

As you can see I was a little too eager with the size of some letters and couldn't write the entire word in the piece of paper. Ooops!

The script style was definitely one of the hardest for me, but it encouraged me to practice in the future like craaazy.

Now I'm ready for the next stage of this class that has been really fun.


UPDATE: 08.05.14


The next part of the project was to draw some thumbnails to explore the layout of the quote and how I want it to look like. It was very interesting and fun to experiment with different types of styles and arranging the words in different ways to get the most out of each one to either stand out or to be more nuanced. Here they are:

My favorites are the ones with a more dynamic layout like #7, #5 and #4.

I'm ready to begin with the sketching part. :)


UPDATE: 12.05.14


For this part I chose 4 of the thumbnails. I kept them rather simple, I'm not sure if it would be good to draw more ornamentation? What do you think?

Sketch 1: I'm not sure if the DONE should be on a curve, I wanted to experiment.

Sketch 2: I liked this one more in the thumbnail version, bigger it looks a little boring I guess.

Sketch 3: This is my favorite so far. I still have to fix some issues with the spacing in DONE though.

Sketch 4: I like the playfullnes of this layout, probably should add more ornamentation to it since the style of the words goes with that.


UPDATE: 14.05.14

Refined sketch

Your opinion was really helpful, so I did a sketch with the circle framework and added the style of the words from sketch 4. I think it looks much better, but I'm not 100% sure about the "impossible" (maybe I can play more with it). What do you think?


UPDATE: 18.05.14


So I finished the project! I added some more details like a drop shadow to "impossible" (there it is a more refined sketch before inking). Inking was a little hard and some of the lines are not as smooth as I would like but all in all I'm really happy with the result.


UPDATE: 22.05.14

Color version

Now that I'm in the Final Steps of Hand Lettering you can see the color options I have here


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