joanne shih

lettering, illustration, design

day 90: getting down to business + bezier practice

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"Did they send me daughters... when I asked... FOR SONS?!?!? >:( "

"Did they send me daughters... when I asked... FOR SONS?!?!? >:( "

Song - "I'll Make A Man Out Of You" from Mulan of course (by Donny Osmond)

This song has been in my head all day. I'm not sure if it's because I was actually thinking about .. getting down to business (with my online classes) .. but in any case, it demanded to be lettered.

I spent most of this afternoon / evening in Adobe Illustrator, trying to level up my skillz. I'm in the middle of an Illustrator class where the final project is to recreate a print ad of our choice. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I chose mine, but it has SO MUCH TEXT in all these different typefaces. Also, a billion shapes that I had to painstakingly recreate. ... Okay I guess it's good for practicing. *grumble grumble*

Anyways, at one point I got stuck trying to find fonts that matched the ones from the original print I'm recreating so I resigned myself to the fact that I'd have to recreate those bits of type using the pen tool. While I've gotten okay at using the pen tool for shapes and non-text, I've had little experience making (good-looking) type with it. Definitely something I plan on getting proficient/good at since I'm on this lettering route!

Soooo. Luckily I remembered that this tutorial / handy info about using the pen tool for lettering existed, because it definitely pointed me in the right direction. Then it was onto some practice... decided to practice on the word "Place" in a script font called Cylburn.

So. Pains. Taking. And. Time. Consuming.

So. Pains. Taking. And. Time. Consuming.

Above is what all the bezier handles looked like once I finished it recreating all the curves. The trick is keeping all (or almost all) the handles locked either horizontally or vertically. Also, placement of anchor points is key...

Mine (blue) stacked on top of the original text (black)... you can see it's not perfect with all the black parts sticking out. Sadface.

Mine (blue) stacked on top of the original text (black)... you can see it's not perfect with all the black parts sticking out. Sadface.

Pink = original type/text; blue = using pen tool only

Pink = original type/text; blue = using pen tool only

Stacked right on top of each other, you can tell my pen tool version isn't a perfect recreation of the original type, but I think it's a fairly good first attempt overall! In the last picture above, I can't really differentiate them at all. Woohoo!

Now to get faster at doing this...