Courageous

Matt Vergotis  is a phenomenal Australian letterer & typographer, and friend. He recently started a little awareness campaign on Instagram, for a fellow Aussie girl in need. He invited a few letterers to kick things off and post lettering in support, using the hashtag #helpsaveelke.

This was my contribution. 


Vector Points

Most letterers are always looking to improve on point placement, its definitely a skill that needs a lot of attention. You can easily spend an hour on one letter, refining it over and over.

With this piece there was a lot of that. Tried out a few different methods with vector handles to get the letterforms the way I wanted, I think it depends on the lines you are looking to capture. Almost all of these handles are locked to 45 or 90 degree angles, it helps a lot with consistency throughout. 

Progression

A topic I'm always thinking about is that line we've all been fed: if you put enough time and effort into something, you're bound to see the results. Whether its to always better yourself, challenge skills, or keep things from becoming stale; progression is a main motivator. 

I put it into action after finding an abandoned vector piece that I did almost 7 months ago. At that time, I had just started out and so you could say I had a very basic foundation of lettering and how to vector lettering in illustrator. I reconsidering the piece, I could see all the mistakes and things that could have been improved on. I took it up as a little challenge to reinterpret the sketch with the knowledge that I had gained since then, and suit it stylistically to where I was in the present.

Top piece is the original, below it is the revisited piece several months later.

Strokes of Luck

For this practice piece, I had over-filled a Copic brush marker with new ink. When put to paper, it bled and ended up creating these really thick, top heavy characters. It seemed interesting, so I threw some tracing paper over it, and began to refine the letterforms a little more, then took it to a final vector.

Approaching a practice word with this kind of style had never occurred to me. It stands as a good example of how sometimes the unintentional that can take you places you never intended to go, and produce the best results.

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