Only 7 days into the October Lettering and Doodle challenge and I can already see an improvement in my work! By being given a prompt and a list with verbs and adjectives to pair up with the prompt, I am forced to think outside the box. For example, the prompt for today was "pumpkin" and after reviewing the inspiration list, I chose the word "loud".
So, how exactly could a pumpkin get loud?
Hmmm...well, I bet they'd do a great job hyping you up about pumpkin season - that's how! Following this thought, I came to imagine a pumpkin on stage, holding a microphone. Then I thought about what a loud and excited pumpkin would say in just a few words that would be easy to letter.
The fun thing about lettering (and doodle) challenges, is that no matter what your skill lever is, you WILL be challenged and you WILL see some breakthroughs.
The best part is, you don't need any fancy tools to participate. I tend to use my iPad a lot, simply because I've been a graphic designer for 20 years and I find that creating art through technology is more in my comfort zone as it's the method I've had more experience with.
Please note though, that I'm not exactly opting for the easy route as I am currently teaching myself how to use the Procreate app to create my digital illustrations. I'm actually being challenged on many levels, as I:
So don't be shy! Get your favorite lettering/doodling tools and join me! You don't have to commit to drawing every day, but if improving your hand lettering skills is in your bucket list, you will have to commit a bit of time at least a couple of times of week to continue seeing progress.
It's like going to the gym. No one ever got fit simply by signing up for a gym membership. Only those who take time to go into the gym a couple times a week and use the equipment, those are the people who get results.
Now pick up that writing equipment of yours and get your lettering skills in shape! No doodling required.
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