The most silent ones

I'm really inspired by this class! I usually stick to 2-3 word sayings and struggle with longer quotes. But Joshua's planning process made everything sound much easier and I immediately tried it on my quote. 

I use blue coloured lead for all my sketches, so pictures are somewhat pale. Started with picking the most important words and planning letter styles very broadly. I love how the weight of each word is visible from the very beginning.

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I didn't know which script style to use, so I just started with the first one that came to my mind. My goal at this stage was to see if composition works and I wanted to get rid of scary blank page as soon as possible. :)  

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It became obvious that this style is too thick and playful for my quote and I started to look for something more delicate and airy. Lots and lots of lines here. 

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Here I felt it was almost done. Usually I make pretty small sketches, this one was size of a postcard. I had to enlarge it to work on fine details, so I made a photo, scaled it up and printed to use as a guide for further work. 

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Traced it over lightly, then made proper guidelines and worked on similar widths, slants, tips and balance. Ready for inking!

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Blue lead doesn't smudge but it also doesn't erase well, so I had to trace my quote once again. I use Uni Pin 0.5-0.8 for inking, sometimes black Faber-castell brush for bigger pieces. I never thought of using a marker, definitely trying it next time.

Bolder letters I find easier to ink as I can always fix wobbly edges with thinner liner, but thin curves are such a pain for me. It's very challenging to finish the whole line in one movement and I often end up with either shaky curve or ugly visible connections if I try to break it into manageable pieces. What could help me with this issue?

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All in all I'm very satisfied with the result. This class saved me at least an hour of ineffective planning, I learned to trust more my feeling of what works and what doesn't, and I was just very happy to come with my own ideas thanks to this kind and inspirational video. Thanks Joshua! It's a joy to see your designs in Instagram and a double joy to see the whole process in action!

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