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Elena Scott




Make Good Art & Fantastic Mistakes

April 14, 2014

For my quote, I decided to use two phrases from author Neil Gaiman's commencement speech, "make good art". He dishes out some pretty fantastic advice on art, creativity, success and everything in between. If you haven't heard his speech yet, check it out here:

"Make Good Art and Fantastic Mistakes"


Sometimes these words can be synonyms for each other, so there was a lot of crossover of associations. Since they can be described with similar adjectives, I want to figure out how to best exemplify each word within the context of the quote. 

References Material: 

Here is an algamation of different things I was looking to for inspiration. First I found typefaces and handwritten letters that I think represent and illustrated each word in the quote. Secondly I looked for composition ideas/related areas. I came across a lot of vintage neon sinage as well as old "circus" and newspaper type that I really liked.

Handlettering Warm-up:

Update: April 29th, 2014


Larger Sketches: 

Option 1:

Would love some feedback on the use of different typefaces (the parts that are working and the parts that or not) as well as the illustrated framed border (of course it will go all the way around the quote). In addition I am trying to think of other decorations and patterns that will go with the style of the piece and help activate the space. 

Option 2:

This layout is inspired by someo of my original ideas to use vintage neon sinage. I love that it has a strong direction and playing with colors would be so fun. However, I wonder if the typography isn't as strong as Option 1. 

Update: June 10th, 2014

Of course I couldn't decide so I have worked on both ideas. After multiple drafts, this is what I have developed. Still have a couple more drafts to go, so that's why they are incomplete in certain areas. Any suggestions or comments before I ink the final are welcome!


Update: June 21, 2014

Here is my final digitized piece. Decided to mainly work on the road/motel sign layout since it is very time consuming to work on both. Please let me know if there are any areas that look like they need to be redrawn. For example I am thinking about redoing the lightbulbs. They closed up once I image traced it.

To see the final steps in completeing this piece and adding color and texture, check here.

Final piece (although I would still like feed back about texture!)


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