Reiko Hirata

Graphic + Motion Designer

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Reiko

Hi everyone! Martina, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and skill.

I'm participating in 2-Week Script Lettering Challenge! I'm going to work on my name, Reiko (pronounced Ray-co, a common Japanese female name). I'm not very familiar with script style with flourishes... Hopefully I'll create a piece which I'm happy with.

    

1st Post: 04 August 2015

HANDWRITTEN WORD

I tried pencil, brush pen, and gel ink pen: I found the last one the most confortable and natural to write. Here are my attempts:

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...and I picked this one:

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2nd Post: 09 August 2015

SKETCHING and IMPROVING SHAPES - 01

As well as improving shapes, I tried some variations for the dot of "i" and the flourish of "k" considering the feedback from Martina. I ended up with liking the original one (A) the best, but I might change my mind...

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Then I started to put different weights, but nothing convince me so far. Now it's kind of driving me crazy since I've been looking at it too much, so I'll try again later with "refreshed" eyes.

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3rd Post: 10 August 2015

SKETCHING and IMPROVING SHAPES - 02

Here are some additional sketches I did, finally I got some pieces I'm happy with:

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Left: I tried three different weight for the same style, but I'm not happy with any of them.

Bottom left: Simple mono-weight (I don't know technically how it's called), and I actually like this a lot! Somehow it works really well.

Right: I liked this sign painting inspired style. I also tried a connection between the dot of the "i" and flourish of the "k", but again, I'm not convinced.

For digitizing, I'm a little indecisive between these two:

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4th Post: 13 August 2015

I decided to go with mono-weight.

DIGITIZATION

In addition to the "mono-weight", I made a variation as you see below, I just wanted to give it a try to see how it goes. Now I'm super convinced with mono version!

Process:

  1. Create bézier curves based on my final sketch, and add thickness (in this case 10pt)
  2. Refine curves - I did some slight tweaks here and there, which aren't probably perceived much. For examble, I changed the width of R, put a little bit more space around the stem, widened the flourish just a tiny bit. 
  3. Create outline stroke + clean up points - I deleted most of the points generated, left least amount of points, and put most of them on the extreme points.
  4. Refine curves - Keeping "mono" weight look, I actually fixed some parts slightly thinner than others, like where curves are crossing.

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5th and Final Post: 14 August 2015

FINAL IMAGE 

Whew! I met the deadline. I wanted to make something fresh and summery, I hope you guys like it.

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Thank you everyone for taking a look at and/or giving precious comments on my project! I would like to thank Martina: I had fun, and I learned something worthwhile!

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