Type as Image: Draw and Hand-Letter Your Favourite Animal

Type as Image: Draw and Hand-Letter Your Favourite Animal - student project

I love bears so decided to choose that as my subject animal. I've never really been a fan of text as an image. It was an in-style when I first started out and always rubbed me the wrong way. I decided to give it a go to see if there was anything in this technique that would attract me.

Example of what I think of when type as image is mentioned; not sure why I dislike it so much but always felt like it didn't look good:

Type as Image: Draw and Hand-Letter Your Favourite Animal - image 1 - student project

Here is my example image which I traced using baking paper from the pantry:

Type as Image: Draw and Hand-Letter Your Favourite Animal - image 2 - student project

The traced image and typography place within:

Type as Image: Draw and Hand-Letter Your Favourite Animal - image 3 - student project

This is where things started to deviate and the style of the initial bear began to be manipulated. I initially was just going to follow my trace and that would be it but I started adding different elements and came to this solution after taking it digital:

Type as Image: Draw and Hand-Letter Your Favourite Animal - image 4 - student project

I wasn't done there as I think the most pleasing things I was attracted to about this technique was some of these images where they put the text within the design:

Type as Image: Draw and Hand-Letter Your Favourite Animal - image 5 - student project

So I decided to encapsulate my typography morph it into my solid bear shape and have the text cut-out:

Type as Image: Draw and Hand-Letter Your Favourite Animal - image 6 - student project

Conclusion; at this point I'm not sure which final result I find more pleasing. I am however pleased I took the class to explore this technique and get back to using tracing paper. It brought back a lot of memories as a kid when I would trace things and add to them as well as transfer graphite from the tracing paper to copy paper with the carbon paper cheat technique. It's good to get away from the computer, especially in this digital age.