For our third weekly drawing we did a stippled version of our funny face self portraits from week 1.
Our next project due Tuesday involves creating value scales in pen, marker, and graphite. Here are some practice scales I did on Tuesday and Thursday.
I never knew creating value scales required so much precision. A lot of my values are too close together, and I’ve found that it can be hard to correct. For instance, the second and third to last graphite shading blocks are too close. The third and fourth marker blocks are too close as well for shading, hatching, and stippling. On this page, I gave up on the second, third, and fourth blocks of graphite stippling. I think with more practice I’ll start to get it right.
On Tuesday we turned in our final love lettering assignment in which we practiced architectural lettering by copying the lyrics to our favorite love songs. Twice before we had done this by hand and with drafting tools, but this time we used vellum and more stylized letters. Using the stylized letters was more fun, and I think these attempts came out better than the first two. I hit my guidelines more consistently, the spacing was better (approximately the height of my letters), and the lettering was neater overall.
Lettering without the t-square and triangle was more enjoyable, but clearly I need to use them because my lines are much straighter in the version below.
On Tuesday we hung up our final love lettering assignments and looked at each other’s work. Here is one that I thought was particularly effective.
This lettering is neat, it has no embellishments, and the spacing between words is approximately the same as the letter height, making the lettering very easy to read.
Our homework for today was to practice drafting our favorite love song in three different sizes: 1/8″, 1/4″, and 3/8″.
I need to make sure I practice the particularly hard letters like M and W so that they are more consistent. I also need to make sure my letters touch the guidelines every time.
Also in class today, we practiced developing our own style of lettering. I prefer a style that elongates the stems of letters above and below the guidelines.