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Stars can't Shine without Darkness

First class, first go at lettering! Had lots of fun but definately need to play more to improve.  It has taken a while but I enjoyed the process.  I found this quote and I liked the positive/negative aspect, light and dark, can't have one without the other.  I thought I could have some fun with this theme.

Inspiration and brainstorming:

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Moodboards:

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One word x 5 ways:

I had fun playing/creating very rough lettering styles and forms.

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I really liked creating the decorative lettering but couldn't get it to a point I was completely happy with for this project.  I also liked the flowing script it was fun to draw.

I worked on some very rough thumbnail ideas to figure out composition:

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I liked the flowing text and the way I could work the phrase into a layout I was happy with including the starbursts and light rays idea.

. . . and then concept sketches.

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Next step was to ink up the final design which I found hard to get right, I need better hand and pen control!

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I scanned this in to Photoshop and cleaned it up, re did some elements and scanned back in.  I liked that it still looked handrawn and not perfect.

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Time to play with colour which was lots of fun too!  Referring back to my inspiration and moodboards I wanted to play with the light and dark theme and I really liked the idea of using a fan effect or rays of light along with twinkling stars.

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Just getting the idea . . . not happy with "stars" so I redrew lettering.

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Although I liked the idea of just using the shaddow of the "darkness" lettering it wasn't quite working and I wanted more colour.

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Liking the colours but need to simplify.

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I like the final design, I added a bit of texture, plus I think "Shine" needed something extra so went back to my orignal lettering sketches for inspiration and added a scalloped outline.  It think it helps but I still see heaps of room for improvement and adding depth and characher, just need more time to play!

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So here is the final so far:

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Looking forward to the next Mary Kate class and learning how to add more texture as I think it could be "roughed up" at bit. 

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