“Life is a journey, not a destination.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson -
I learned a lot throughout the process of writing this blog. One, that I have the ability to achieve what I set my mind to, well, and I’m being graded. Two, I haven’t spent a lot of time reflecting on who I am as an artist, this particular assignment allowed that and more. Three, I created a lot of referenceable work, which in any case is movement in what I love to do. Four, I found out so much about what it is to hand-letter, how to do it well, and a load of tips and tricks for practice, ease and ideas.
I don’t believe that I have changed much as far as my aesthetic, but I do believe that I have improved my artistry, especially as my particular blog subject was concerned. All of the practice, research and application really took what I used to think looked good, to another level. I am still no expert by any means, but I definitely have a new-found confidence behind my hand-lettering work and feel that I could take on a project of the sort and finish it fairly well. That said, I do feel like I have become closer to the person that I want to become simply by putting pencil to paper everyday and, for the most part, letting my inner self direct the result.
I will definitely continue the activity I chose for my 40 days. I felt that my journey with hand-lettering is not over and will never be. And, even though I was able to take letters & simple words and stylize them, I never really did much with creating a “full” piece. Partly because a few blogs in, I realized that I could only really dedicate about an hour to each blog and with that time-limit, I never felt like a design was able to be totally realized. In continuing this hand-lettering journey, I will probably split work for a full piece over a couple of days, just so I can complete a design that in my mind would be ready to sell. I also would like to practice hand-lettering using a Wacom tablet, which during these past 40 days, I had not had the chance to do.
Overall, I loved the experience of trying something I had never done before, even on the days that I felt like I just couldn’t keep up or that the work I had done was not good enough. The fact remains that all the work I did was “good enough.” At least for that moment in time until the next days hand-lettering venture. Moving forward, I hope to keep pushing myself in this manner and ultimately become the best possible version of me within my Graphic Design journey. Peace and Love, Renee
"Ain't nothin' but a G thang baybay"
Back to the letter G, my homie. I decided to explore adobe fonts and find what G I wanted to replicate. The "favorite" after a quick browse...Memoriam (Canada Type). Interesting that I landed on this one as I am french-canadian. No wonder why I liked it ;). So, once again, after I drew out the letter, I brought it into photoshop and tried out some filters to change its styling and look. I like the original well enough, but the look that wins today is within the final filter, Bas Relief. This picture doesn't do it justice, but the letters appear to be carved in low relief onto the page and lit to accent surface variations (Photoshop filter effects reference). I found this effect to be the best at accentuating my G.
"Spring, a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be."
- Melissa Blake -
Yup, it's that time of year again! Yay! I love spring! Days are longer, color blossoms over the landscape, animals awaken and ohhh how I love to breathe in that fresh, spring air. Actually brings back so many memories from my days as a track and field athlete. As much as I hated those first couple of weeks of conditioning, the fresh air always seemed to calm my mind and put a smile on my face. I dedicate this blog to stepping outside, going for a walk and taking in all of the beauty that is beginning to spring. Cheers!
Hello! My name is Renee Marie Fraticelli. I am currently enrolled at Flathead Valley Community College . My course study is Graphic Design. I have just one semester left and couldn't be more excited to get out there and work in the field.