Not all who wander are lost, pt. II | Skillshare Projects

Jacqueline B.




Not all who wander are lost, pt. II

Feb 18

Done! I'm feeling happy about this latest iteration. Even though variations in color give it a different mood – I wanted to analyze and understand lettering, and by going back, analyzing and re-doing it, I learned a lot more than I would just by doodling around with my own letterforms. For whatever reason, I felt like I couldn't grow with what I had done before. For this last typeface I took a look at the beautiful handwriting of architect Rennie Mackintosh, and noted the relationships of the letters and angles to each other. I really had to pay attention to how those letters related to each other as I put it on an arc. This class has been great, and I'm looking forward to lettering more in the future! :D

Feb 17

I redid the lettering, since I wanted to get deeper into typography... I still feel like there is a lot to learn, and I wasn't satisfied with the lettering that I had done previously. I was looking through specimens that are part of my inspiration and love the high waistlines and staggering baselines, so I incorporated some of that... "Wander" is feeling pretty condensed, so I'll probably rework this.

Feb 13

Now that this project is reaching its end, I'm starting to notice things that are bothering me, like the lettering for 'wander'. The widths of the letters are inconsistent, the 'e' and the 'r' are too close together, and the 'w' has always kind of bothered me, and I want to redraw it. 

Feb 9

The original idea I had of making everything greyscale was fine in theory, but once I started working with different palettes and contrasts, it quickly lost its relevance. When working with color, I feel like there is so much to consider... but I'm forcing myself to pause.

Here is the greyscale version:

And these are the colored variations I'm working with:


This is a continuation of my project from the first part of this class. After a couple of tries, I scanned this in successfully (I missed some details on the first try). I found it easier to do on tracing paper, since I don't have much room on my desk, and I could maneuver the tracing paper more deftly. It took three pieces of tracing paper:

And after I scanned it in, I started the exhilirating process of separating paths. I figured out some weird things just on a hunch, for example, the word "wander". Since my initial drawing for the inner line was so "wobbly" (way too wobbly), I decided I wanted to do something similar to an action in Photoshop, where you select an area and then contract. Instead, I found what I needed in 'Offset Path'. I killed everything but the holes in the letters, so that it was a solid shape, then I offset it twice with smaller values for each successive time, and fiddled with the stroke/fill. And viola, I have perfect inlines that look like I drew them. After piecing everything together, it was a very stark black and white. Before I get started with colors, I'm converting this to shades of grey, even though I have an idea of what the colors will be. It will be too confusing to figure out color scheme and shade at the same time. 


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