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Left Handed Lettering

UDATED UPDATE! Final project is done and loaded! woo hoo! ;D Just in the nick of time

UPDATE! I just added my conencting word and flourish practice. It's below the alphabets :)

Hi! I am so excited to be part of Andrea's workshop! You are a great teacher and I'm excited to learn more form you.

Here is my first assignment. I initially did the practice strokes and tried doing them backwards too (marked with a B->)because I am left handed and some strokes seem to be easier doing them the opposite way. Most were easier but didn't look as nice, so I decided to give it another go and make additonal practice sheets. I felt more confidence with the 2nd sheets, so I'm glad I listened to my gut and did the additional work, even though I still need a lot more practice. ;)

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I used the Tombow brush pen for this. That Prismacolor looks nice but I have to stick with the Tombow for this project. Here are the extra sheets I did:

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Alright. Can't wait for the next lesson! 

Assignment #2: Alphabet practice

I really enjoyed this one. I have a pretty easy and enjoyable time looking at alphabets and trying my best to duplicate them. It got easier as I did it, so I did more than the required three. I also love having that ah-ha moment when I figure out how someone created a certain letter. 

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The first alphabet I did was from a previous Skillshare class I took. I had this horrible cheap watercolor brush pen I got at Michaels, so I wanted to see how I could do at it with the correct pen. It went alright, still kinda rough but a lot better than before. 

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Next I tried to recreate Andrea's alphabets. Which was a challenge in having to stop the video every second to see how you did each letter. I really enjoyed making the sans serif letters, that was a ah-ha moment for sure. :)

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Then I just Googled brush letter alphabet and left-handed alphabet for inspiration. I found some great styles I really enjoye doing. 

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the lower case letters on this one is my favorite. 

It's interesting to see how essentially the letters are all drawn the same but with little changes to them that make them different. I feel from doing this I have more varitey to the letters I can do now.

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For my problem letters I really have a hard time with lowercase B's, capital D's, some K's and suupercase R's. Basically anything that has that backwards C shape on it is hard for me being left-handed. So on my practice sheets I tried to execute each letter different ways to see if I could come up with smoother way to create those letters. 

I tried upside down, backwards, but the way that seems to work the best is the pull the line, stop, then adjust my hand to pull the rest of it instead of pushing the brush. I did end up pushing my brush for some of those strokes and I think it messed up my pen a bit. I think I just have to accept the fact that those letters will probably always be harder for me, and Ill just have ot make it work. 

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Assignment #3: Connecting words and Flourishes.

I first practiced the connecting letters with the letters I have problems with. That was fun. I'm realizing I can make my own letters and they don't have to look like everyone else's, I hope? Because there are some that just flow way easier for me doing them a diffeent way then most people. 

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And then I tried this for fun, which was fun. I know I just need to practice more (and my pen is kinda frayed at the tip so some of the lines are funky, but it's all good. :)

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Next I tried the "breaking the rules" technique and tried to make not so straight words. I liked drawing them on curves. 

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Then next flourish practice! I have a really hard time figuring out the flow of those things. I found some examples online so I made a little practice sheet of ones I liked. 

They are not "perfect" but it gives me the idea of the flow and how hey are done.

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And last words with flourishes. I admit I did practice each word on a separate piece of paper, so these took some practice and I they need more practice for sure. But from this I am feeling a little more comfortable with making them.

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Practice, practice, practice...... peace. :)

FINAL PROJECT: Draw/write a quote/lyric/etc and make it look fancy. ;)

I did it and I am super proud of myself for finishing this class on time! I have a newly 2 year old to care for so it can be hard to find time to sit and focus on things like this. I know it's not "the best" but I feel I have come a long way since starting Skillshare and I am excited to only go up

I picked a lyric that was near and dear to me. It's from the Rainbow Connection by Kermit the Frog. :) I son loves this song and so do I. When I was a senior in high school I quoted Kermit at my graduation, so yea I have a thing for the Muppets. 

I made a few rough sketches trying to figure out the best lettering styles for each word, sometimes it can be overwhelming to look at other lettering for reference, so I tried to stick to the sheets I made. 

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I made a few different versions and inked some in to see if they flow and letters would work.

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A few times I thought I had my final version ready but I tried to balance things out which in turn messed some other space issues up, or I just straight up messed up that b. So I used our light table to retrace and reconfigure what I had. Flourishes are still hard to do and don't make sense, but it's cool...

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And after a few hours of trying to "get it right" I just decided to go with what I have so far, because like I said I've come a long way. :)

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  I don't even know if this is the final version, I made so many....

So here it is. Thanks for looking. :)

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I really enjoyed this class, I felt like I learned a lot. It was fun to act like I was in school with deadlines and assignments, but I'll tell you what, it's hard to do with a toddler in tow and a 30 yoga challenge on top of that(which speaking of I have to go do now...) ;) Thank you Andrea, I love having you as a teacher again.

Namaste. 

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