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Lettering • How I met your mother | Color & Texture

September 23, 2014

I just took a pint off, so I needed some rest. I couldn't use my right arm, so I thought it would be great to start this skillshare class! For this project, my first step was watching all the videos first, and then go to work in my project. I think it worked well!

So, as you can see in the first class, First Steps of Hand-Lettering: Concept to Sketch (Lettering I), I made my project based on a How I Met Your Mother quote. I love the show, so it's amazing to produce something related to it! It's available here to see my previous process.

September 26, 2014

I'm finally ready to start. So I took my final sketch and using my light table I inked my work, refining the sketch. Also I made this final work to digitize in layers. So everytime I had something that cross a letter or a drawing, I did in a different piece of paper. This is my 3 scanning files: 

September 27, 2014

I used Illustrator CS6 to started my digitize. I actually prefer the CS5, but in my new computer I just got CS6. So I used the living trace and this was the first refined results: 

And then I kept working on my ornaments, banner and letters that didn't work out.

Then I came back to my mood board and chose the colors to use in my quote. It's quite a retro colors, really based on my mood board with all the books references and kind of a fantasy style. So I made this trying with colors on Illustrator:

September 29, 2014

I've decided to stay with these colors, so I transfered my work to photoshop, to work with a lot of layers.

And then I came back to the handmade stuff. I started playing with the textures. I used brushes, markers, pastel chalk, stamp pad, masking tape, pens, plastic...

And then I scanned in at 600 dpi:

So, combining my handmade textures and Photoshop brushes, and after hours trying to make it perfect (obviously it isn't, but i keep on trying), this is my final work for this project:

And then, some close-ups to see the details, textures better:

I'm really glad with the result. I think I still need to work more on the textures, because I got so excited to use it, and I think I used a lot. Maybe use it in a smoother way it's gonna be better.

I really enjoyed Mary Kate's class. This class helped me to organize better my way of work and increased my skills of digitize and applying texture. It's very clear how Mary Kate works, and how to keep your illustration with a handmade style even in the computer. 

Thank you guys!

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