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Janine Awan

Freelance Designer

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Walk Tall, Act Fine

Hello Letterers! I'm Janine, a freelance designer based in LA. I love to draw and over the last few years, I've been noodling with lettering more and more. What better way to practice than to learn from one of my favorites, MKM. Love her!! 

So...my phrase is "Never Look Back, Walk Tall, Act Fine" from David Bowie's Golden Years--a lyric about exuding confidence.

WORDS / SHORT LIST:

 


Some of the standouts: Shoes, Boots, Long, Western

INSPIRATION:

COMPOSITION THUMBNAILS:

I think I like these two:

Trying the second one, but decided to make it more of a rounded composition rather than an angular one. I want to incorporate feet or boots and maybe glasses in the LOOK part. It might be fun to add Ziggy-esque lightning bolts somewhere too.

SKETCHES:

I'm liking the feel a lot. I think the composition needs some centering--also "Walk Tall" is a little boring and poorly spaced. But I'm liking the boots and the ornaments.

Here's a sketch with a tad more refinement:

Still needs some work, but I think it has potential. 

Sorry the lighting is so poor in these. 

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REFINED INK:

Thanks for the feedback! Super helpful. 

I opted to change the style of some of the lettering, for overall visual unification. I think it still needs some tweaking and some ornamentation within some of the letters, but there's already a lot going on. Might just keep it simple as I start to add color. It's not perfect, but I kinda like it. 

FINAL VECTOR WITH COLOR:

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