52 weeks of hand lettering

Sometimes I feel like there are so many different things I want to try and work on and have trouble focussing on just one thing to get better at it. While I have goals for all the different areas of illustration that interest me (children’s book, scientific, lettering, animation) it seems there just isn’t enough time to devote to all the areas consistently to get better at any of them. I think my major focus for this year will be to keep working on improving my basic drawing skills and developing more of a natural history + scientific illustration portfolio, but with a focus on communicating scientific concepts + research to children. Of course, I really want to keep all the other areas going as well! With that in mind, I thought it would also be fun to have a lettering goal for the year. It had to be relatively easy to achieve ( why I chose 1 per week instead of every day!) and low-pressure (ie it doesn’t matter if its not perfect- just to have fun!).

Here are my first two of the year- both took about 30mins, using tombow brush pens.

week1--thoreau030

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week2--freedom029

 

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Of course I’m sure my easily distracted brain will keep wanting to try different things all the time, but at least this way I hopefully have a chance of improving my lettering over a year- and if I stick to it, will have 52 pieces completed!

Have you thought about doing a 52 week challenge this year? If so, what is your challenge?

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Just a quick note- the Character Design Challenge I mentioned in my last post has started for this month (you need to join the facebook group to get involved). The character prompt is #PIRATE. Have a go and see what you come up with- it sounds like fun!

enjoy your weekend!

emma

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