Kim Haskell

Calligraphy, Lettering, and Illustration

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You're a Shark and I'm Swimming

July Hand-Lettering Challenge

As a newbie to hand lettering, I thought Mary Kate's class would be a good place to dive in. The concept of diving in along with shark week seems to have influenced my lettering choice. I chose the song lyrics "You're a shark and I'm swimming" from the alt-J song Tesselate.

For inspiration I was mostly seeking oceanic imagery. However, I am also trying to incorporate some triangular elements in order to pay further homage to the song I'm quoting

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I began with some warm ups by playing around with the word shark

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Then I moved on to some very rough thumbnails to lay down a couple of ideas

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Next up will be a (hopefully much more refined) sketch! 

Update July 26, 2015. 

Going from a rough sketch to a polished one turned out to be a bit of an uphill battle! Having forgotten it's been years since I practiced drawing, I was surprised by how long it took me to put together a composition I could be happy with. It's been really fun though to just sit amongst a pile of paper and eraser bits and just melt the hours away putting pencil to paper.  

Here's my (after many attempts) final pencil sketch. 

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The first inked version 

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And with some additional details coloured in

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