Welcome! In addition to today's hand lettering post, I have a couple of small gifts to share--one piece of free downloadable line art (at the bottom of my post), and a chance to win a Green Copic Doodle Pack as shown above.
I have a favorite little idea notebook that usually goes with me anywhere that I might have a few minutes to sketch ideas. Lately I've been using it mostly for hand lettering rough drafts. When I see a quotation that "speaks to me," I jot it down at the top of a page. Then when I have time to work on it, I have several to pick from and can work on any of them that I wish. I usually use pencil in my senseBook, so when I am ready to start adding color and firming up my designs, I photocopy the page from my senseBook and use that copy as the beginning of my second draft--shown above on the right.
My favorite way to transfer for a third draft or even a final draft is to use a light box. I can transfer just the clean lines that I want to keep, and tweak the parts that aren't quite working for me. On the draft above, I needed to move the "Y-O-U-R" line down a bit, work on the placement of the "UTU" in "Future," and use the bottom line for the author's name--all simple changes to make by just moving my top paper to the correct place.
To render my letters, I used a Green Copic Doodle Pack, which contains two Copic Ciao markers (YG41 and G14), as well as a dark green (Olive) Spica Glitter pen and a dark green (Olive) 0.3 Copic Multiliner--all color coordinated and easy to toss in a "to go" art bag! I cheated just a little bit on Copic colors, because my banner was too plain: I used a Copic W0, W2, and W4 to add dimension to the banner.
I am making a black line version of my finished line art available here in case anyone wants to color it with your Copics: View this photo (Click on the "view this photo" to download the .jpg file.) If you'd like to have a chance to win a Green Copic Doodle Pack, leave a brief comment on this post, and I'll let Random.org choose a winner from the comments left by 10pm Central time on Friday, June 2. I'll post a winner some time Saturday evening.
I will be in Dallas/Irving, Texas next weekend for my LAST Copic Workshops before Summer vacation--hope to see some of you there! Late tomorrow night I will have the first of my June MFT Release posts up. Thanks for stopping by,