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Hannah Connor




The Adventurer's Field Guide

10/16/2013 - Choosing A Quote

I had a time of it trying to decide on a quote, as I'm sure you all did too. Here were my top choices:

1. "I wouldn't want a man who was truly wicked. But I think I'd like it if he could be, and wouldn't." Anne Shirley

2. "But it might work for us..." Tobias Funque (also something my husband and I quote to one another regularly).

3. "Like a scholar and a gentleman" I've heard contry folks say this line and it cracks me up. Every. Single. Time.

4. "There is a colonial woman on the wing!" this is from Bridesmaids, and I had a specific friend in mind. In the end I just couldn't get myself to spend so much time and effort on something that hasn't been rolling around in my head for all that long!

5. "An adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K.Chesterton. 



10/17/19 - Quote Chosen - Now for a Theme!

The quote that I've chosen is by one of my favorite authors: "An adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered" G.K. Chesterton. 

I find this quote inspiring and insightful and also actually really practical. Chesterton wrote in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He was known for his incredible wit (and girth)! Becasue it strikes me as both challenging and incredibly pracitcal to consider inconveniences as adventures, but old-fashioned and simple, I'm going ot pursue the idea of styling it like a field guide. Specifically a Girl Scout themed field guide. 

The Inspiration Board:

The colors in these girl scout print below is awesome! And I love how the dark blue font above manages to be very pre-WWII without feeling wildly deco or noveau - which is exactly the look I'm going for.

I love the hefty fonts in the sailor-themed matchbox, and also the damp feel of both of the above photos.

What I love most about these Nancy Drew books is border print along the top. Simple but elegant detail.

I love the no-nonsense nature of the design below, and yet it's still very striking.


The above font is very "Gatsby", which makes it a little decadent for the project I'm working on, but it's got me thinking in some good directions. 

What do you guys think? 

10/18/13 - Lettering Warm-Up

These were more challenging than I anticipated. 

I've finished the lettering of one word from my chosen phrase. The word that I chose is "Adventure", and I did two sans serif fonts - I'm liking them both a lot. Here you have it:

I think that the mountain and the fire are fun, but I'm probaby not going to incorporate them (at least in this iteration) into this project. Although, the idea of a campfire - perhaps a silhouette - is something that I'm going to pursue more.

10/20/13   Sketches and Thumbnails

I began sketching some thumbnails this morning. They are a bit rougher than I intended, but I think I've got a direction that I'm going to pursue (unless advised otherwise). 

Here are the earlier drafts:

Still working on type

There is so much empty space in this one... Also I don't like the 'N's that I went with.  Also at this point I begin to be troubled that I'm spelling 'inconvenience' incorrectly. So many doubts. Good thing I can just tell myself to consider it an adventure and press on.

And here we go. I like this. This feels good. I think that the lettering could be a bit larger, and I need to do another, more detailed sketch with some of the noted changes. After that I think I'll know if I'm heading in a really promising direciton after all. Also, I'm thinking that "Remember Girls" feels condescending to add at the top, but I might go with "Remember Ladies". Thoughts on scale and adding that phrase at the top?

10/20/13. A More Finalized Sketch

Here is my latest sketch. I incorporated many of the above changes. I like it, but I'm worried it's too busy.


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