Julie Kuberski

artist + adventurer + lover of life

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The earth laughs in flowers.

10/22/13

Hello everyone! I'm really excited to finally be starting this class. I've been really busy since the class started, but I'm so glad I am able to work on it now! I can't wait to see where this class takes my current skills. I can already tell it's going to be a really big improvement based on how I feel about the videos, lessons, and the motivation it's giving me to try new things and create something awesome. My idea is to create a poster that I can hang up in my room/studio to keep me inspired and feeling the beauty of the earth and flowers while indoors.

For my phrase, I decided on the short but sweet, "The earth laughs in flowers." I think the actual quote omits "the", but for my sake, I'd like to put it in there for this project. I did a quick word list, and it was actually pretty hard! I tried to write down almost anything that popped in to my head that would help me think of ideas for my layout and design in general. I think I came up with a pretty good list.

I also created an inspiration board that I feel demonstrates the direction in which I'd like to go. For my project, I really want to focus on the "flowers" aspect of the quote. Drawing flowers/foliage is something I really enjoy doing, but I'm excited to try something a little different for this project in regards to how I will illustrate them.  I want the design to be somewhat simple, but full of flowers to really convey a feeling of flowers kind of "taking over the earth", so to speak. I think it gives it a really charming angle because it would make it seem as though the earth never stops "laughing". Anyway...

This is the kind of lettering I really enjoy a lot, and I would like to incorporate some decorative text in my design. It's not something I'm used to, so I'm excited to branch out and try new things. I've already started sketching a little, and it feels great to practice new ways of lettering. I really like how Amanda of Wit & Whistle creates texture within her words by not filling them in completely (like the two sketchbook photos in the third photo). I think that's a really neat way to make lettering interesting without making it too complicated. In my inspiration board I also included some artwork that I really liked. For example, I like the limited color palette of the pink, black, and white pattern in the first photo. I also really like the simple texture created with little dashed lines within the bear illustration. I like some of the flower illustrations as well, and look forward to trying my hand at that kind of style.

11/24/13

Finally back, a month later with progress... because man has life been busy. But alas, here I am. I actually finished the word exercise a few weeks ago, but I've been lazy and haven't gotten around to posting them, so here they are.

I think some of these exercises turned out pretty well. I really like the first one and plan on using that one in one of my sketches.  I also like the 3rd one with the flourishes and line detail in the thickness of the letters and have that planned in one of my sketches as well. The others I'm not too keen on. This exercise was kind of hard for me because I'm not used to having to draw one word in so many different styles when I'm doing my hand lettering, so it was definitely out of my comfort zone. However, it did really help me to realize what styles I was liking and others that I didn't really care for. I'll definitely keep experimenting with styles and if I do so, I'll post more.

Tonight I worked on the 6 composition sketches. I really like how they turned out, so here they are!

I especially like the one in the top right corner of the first photo and the one below it (with the frame). And I like the left one in the second photo. I've definitely decided on these ones to continue with for the more refined sketches. I really do like how they all turned out though, and I think each one has something special about it, but I especially like those three. Out of those three, I really like the one with the frame. When I first started it, I thought I wouldn't like it because it just was not coming together, but once it was finished and I moved on, my eyes kept going back to that one. Something about it really speaks to me. My fiance really like the bottom left one (he likes how it almost looks like a basket shape made of flowers, which was totally unintentional but I like that too!). We both agreed that the two we like work really well because of the abundance of flowers which I feel like the quote is speaking of, so I think that plays out well. I'm really looking forward to refining the sketches more! Thanks for taking a look, and let me know what you think! :)

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