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.



When it comes to lettering, this is just my opinion, but you are probably doing yourself a disfavour sticking to one avenue. Don't get me wrong, if you can pull off one style really well, then by all means continue. But if you are like me, constantly inspired by the great lettering and typography out there, it seems a shame to not explore other territories.

For me, there are two separate lettering sides which I enjoy switching between for both projects and daily practices. One being raw and unrefined, the other clean and precise. Having this variety in my toolbox keeps me fresh and challenged in any lettering I take on.

As humans who seek approval, the minute we find something that works we hold on to it in the fear that doing something different might not be as well received. But, as humans we are complex and sometimes one thing does not satisfy us. Instead of allowing this to fragment us, our need to explore other areas can keep us whole.