Shuku Li

Choral conductor / Fledgling Calligrapher

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Victoriana

This will make it my second time in class, because the first time I didn't complete the project, and then I lost access to Skillshare for a while. It's taken me a bit to start another project because I had no idea what on earth I wanted to /do/ this round. 

Moodboard:

I did start a moodboard - all right, two! - on Pinterest, however, and looked at a metric ton of lettering and calligraphy to get a) get some ideas b) improve my lettering 'vocabulary'. Like learning any language, I'm pretty sure I I'll have a better grasp of lettering ideas if I have a visual library of typography in my brain for inspiration, and have at least an idea of styles I could possibly use / refer to. 

They're below, if anyone's interested.

https://www.pinterest.com/NoirMajor/mood-board-lithium-flower-lettering-1/

https://www.pinterest.com/NoirMajor/typography-and-lettering/

Preliminary Sketches:

Normally I do preliminary sketches, layout thumbnails, and rough drafts. Normally, that is. Over the past two days, however, I've been finding myself drawn to vintage lettering and old painted signs, as well as Victorian flourishes and ephemera, and I wanted to do something like that. Mostly because I'm hideously impatient and the detail work in those sorts of lettering is definitely what I would like to be able to emulate and do eventually.

Then I ended up watching an absolutely inspiring video of traditional ornamental glass artist David Adrian Smith working on John Mayer's 'Born and Raised' album cover, and sat down to do a rough sketch, and before I knew it, I had a project on paper. All the thumbnails and design happened in my head, unfortunately, or they'd be scanned and documented properly for class! 

This is the video that started the avalanche:

https://vimeo.com/60647216

I wanted a Victorian-style piece that mimicked old ornamental labels and hand-painted signs, as well as all the ridiculous flourishes and details that would probably drive me insane by the end of it.

And this is the result of the overload of inspiration it started. I wanted a Victorian-style piece that mimicked old ornamental labels and hand-painted signs, as well as all the ridiculous flourishes and details that would probably drive me insane by the end of it, so I ended up referring to some typography books, as well as scans of vintage ephemera for references:

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I'm still refining the details for inking, as I've found that the more detail I put in, the less chance I have of completely messing it up. Right now I'm still deciding on the ornamentation and how much of it there ought to be - I don't want to overwhelm readability. 

Properly refined sketch up next, once I sort those out.

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