When it comes to lettering, usually there has to be some kind of planning before getting down to business. Mostly I begin a lettering piece by doodling ideas, these help determine the basic layout and style.
From the doodles can I plan out my page, establish my text parameters using a box or curved lines for text to follow. This is the divided into lines or areas which maps the basic structure of the piece, usually I work on 1 section at a time in pencil, taking note of any connecting parts or ligatures.
After sketching out the design I move on to inking. At the moment I am favouring the Uni pin pens because they flow well and range from 0.8mm to 0.05mm which is great for those little details.
I like to do the outlines of the text first and rub out any pencil, this gives me a good idea of what I can do with the intricate parts of the drawing.
Often when i have finished a drawing I will tweak colours and spacings on the mac, this can really make a difference to the finish, I find using muted pastel tones with a punchy colour works really well.
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