There is so much beauty in all this dirt. | Skillshare Projects



There is so much beauty in all this dirt.

JANUARY 30 | 2014

Here is my word map.  I think I got carried away with the amount of selected words to focus on but as long as I don't throw them all onto one composition, I'll be fine.

The phrase I chose, "There's so much beauty in dirt" is the title to a Modest Mouse song.  It's been a favorite song of mine for a long time.  I couldn't help but borrow that book cover idea from Mary Kate McDevitt because it's a path I am hoping to take my lettering skills down, but I also came up with another idea for the application of the phrase, packaging for an all-natural, organic, earth-friendly and all those other buzzwords plant food.  That probably wouldn't work though because you don't see products with phrases for names.  Maybe this is a title page for a story about earth-friendly gardening in Organic Gardening (name of an actual magazine).  I would like to get into editorial lettering & illustration as well, so I'll stick with this idea.  Maybe I could make a drop cap or two and some line break details to go along with it.

I will probably get some lettering warm ups done this evening.  I'll make sure to scan and post it on here and maybe get some feedback.


JANUARY 31 | 2014

My mood board.  I tried to find feminine lettering and inspiration.  That blue, cream, & pink book cover is my favorite color scheme.  I know I'm getting ahead of myself but I think I want to use that as my palette, but I also love those faded pastels of the deer photograph.  Ooo and that M with the roses around it gives me a good idea for one thumbnail.


FEBRUARY 1 | 2014

Alright, so these are my warm ups.  I like both of the ribbon sketches I did.  One is more rough, it was purposefully done to express that working with one's hands aspect of gardening.  I don't want it looking too rough though.  I also like what I did with the fancy serif right under the ribbon.  I liked the shape of the letters but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do when it came to ornamentation so that's why each letter is different.  I just thought of this idea, but maybe I can do BEAUTY in the fancy serif and then DIRT be made out of roots that connect to the word BEAUTY.  I'll have to sketch it out in a thumbnail.

Even though this is a short quote/phrase, I still always like to write out how I plan on breaking up each word.

There is so much  |  beauty  |  in  |  dirt


FEBRUARY 3 | 2014

Here are a few thumbnails.  I don't think this is enough, so I'm going to do a few more.  Let me know what you think of these though.  Like I said before, this is going to be a cover page to an article in a gardening magazine about how to garden organically.  The lines at the bottom are where the article copy would go.


Here are two more thumbnails.  Wanted to explore a circular layout.  I think these two have more of a "secret garden" feel to them.



FEBRUARY 6 | 2014

I was hoping to finish up this project in time before February 6th at 12am because I REALLY wanted to be considered for this screen print deadline, but here I am... updating my project at 1:30 in the morning with a smudgy sketch.

When I say that this is a ROUGH sketch, I mean it.  The words "SO MUCH" need to be cleaned up. As you can clearly see, my weakness in drawing typography is in curved letterforms... thanks a lot, S, O,and C. It also needs maybe a dropshadow-esque thing. I think I will leave "THERE IS" & "IN ALL THIS DIRT" as it is.  I don't want it to compete with the other words, but if you have any suggestions then I would love to hear them.  

Oh, and "The" and all those letters at the bottom are for the faux article portion of the layout.  "The" is my dropcap and the letters will eventually spell out "A GUIDE TO EARTH-FRIENDLY GARDENING."  And if you have noticed, I added a little bit to my quote because the last line was reading "in dirt" which didn't sound very pretty.

Also, I'm sorry it is so smudgy.  It's difficult drawing with such a soft pencil and not giving everything an awful grey tint.


FEBRUARY 9 | 2014

Made changes to the type which meant I needed to make changes to the vine and floral illustrations. I know "in dirt" stands out more than the other words but it won't stand out that much once I colorize everything.  I don't think I like the border anymore, that's why I got rid of it on this sketch.  Let me know if there is anything you think I could do without or should change.

And thank you so much for the critiques and suggestions from my last post!  I really appreciate it.


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