Drawing letters

My brother asked me to write his name on a blank page of his notebook. Normally, I'd just grab a pen and write it in block letters, but I remember how I used to really put some effort in it, so I decided to do just that.

First, I looked for a nice font to use and decided on Cracked (I think it's default here on the MacBook). Then, I took a ruler and made some boxes to evenly space the letters in between each other. Using those lines as a guide, I drew the letters, eyeballing the size.

Using a brush pen (I have a Yoka KBP15-01M which I bought on a whim), I inked in the letters. I started with the letter i because it had the least number of cracks. For some reason, my hands were shaking, which contributed to the squiggles of the letters and was ok (but if I were drawing something else, it would've been a disaster).

Finishing the other letters

After all the letters have been inked, I erased the pencil lines. To do this, I took a soft eraser and gently brushed it outwards. The paper was thin and I needed to be careful. A putty eraser would've been better. I also used an erasing shield to focus on the pencil marks. It helps keep the eraser off the ink and lessen the chances of fading it (which happens to some inks when you pass it over with an eraser).

Final product :)


Hannah June 26, 2009 at 7:45 AM  

LOL. buti ka pa you know lettering xD.

Kat June 26, 2009 at 9:26 AM  

Hehe, actually parang drawing lang siya. Pag ganyan kalaki, I tend to look at the letters as pictures. To actually write them is another story :p

Anonymous June 26, 2009 at 9:28 AM  

used to do lettering when I was still in college. bought all these calligraphy and lettering-related books, only to get tired of it months later. I still love typography though.. :D

Kat June 26, 2009 at 9:36 AM  

It's been a while since I tried this. Nakaka miss din. :D

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