This month I’m putting the finishing touches on my biggest collection to debut yet and so I’m showing a sneak peek with a glimpse behind the curtain at how I letter quotes for Glitter and Bold.
Once in awhile an idea will come to me and I just roll with it, but most quotes usually start out in thumbnail form to help me get my thoughts out on paper and brainstorm ideas. Many times I’ll still stick with my initial idea or one of my go-to styles, but sometimes a sketch surprises me and wins my heart.
Next comes my favorite part – sharpening that pencil and getting letters onto paper. I use Rhodia’s graph and dot paper pretty interchangeably depending on how detailed I’m going to be (and honestly which I happen to have on hand at the time).
I’ll often add marker at this point so I can see how the thickness works together in each word. In this case, I used a Faber Castell big brush marker to get a consistently bold, thick line.
Finally, I’ll use my Canton marker paper to trace a final copy and fill in with marker. This is also where I can play around with any small layout changes. This will be the copy that gets photographed, digitized in Adobe Illustrator, and turned into a print!