How Is Your Hand Lettering?: Daily Art Practice
We finally made it through the week with only a small amount of snow fall. It has been bitterly cold outside, so I am staying busy with household chores and some reading. Lettering is currently on my list of things to lean so I thought I would share a few books that I am currently working through. From my understanding, there is a difference between hand lettering and calligraphy. I have always admired the beautiful art of calligraphy, but it is a little too formal for me. Hand lettering allows for creativity and illustration and that is perfect for what I plan on using it for. But I will be reading up on both and exploring all my options as I am in the research phase.
So far, I have found In Progress: See Inside a Lettering Artist’s Sketchbook and Process, from Pencil to Vector, to be very inspirational. It has step by step pictures of how the final product came about. I am eager to spend more time practicing the tips that the author provides to improve the creative process when it comes to lettering.
I found Pop Painting: Inspiration and Techniques from the Pop Surrealism Art Phenomenon at our local Michaels. Instead of buying it (I was very tempted), I ordered it through our library’s interlibrary loan. After scanning the pages in Michaels, I was enticed by the colorful and beautiful images. I haven’t had a chance to dig in yet but I am excited to spend more time exploring this book.
The Big Awesome Book of Hand & Chalk Lettering, is another book that looks like it has a lot of great ideas and practice for hand lettering. I found this at my local library.
I recently purchased this book Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter (Volume 2) (James Gurney Art, as I was unable to obtain a copy from my local library. I have heard wonderful things about this book. In order to learn how to create form, I need to understand light and shadow. I am hoping this book will help develop my skills and take my understanding to the next level.
Watercolor Shop Fronts
6 Letter Brunch is a breakfast and brunch cafe located in Singapore. If you scroll through the pictures on their FB page, you will see that they are currently hosting an art exhibition and my shopfront of their cafe is featured. I really like the pop that the bright blue owning gives as well as the various planters lining the area underneath the deck. Reference photo HERE.
I couldn’t find much on this Bakery in Singapore so sadly I can’t share a menu. The exterior of the building has such a fun amount of color and pattern! Reference photo HERE.
I am joining the Tea Day ladies hosted by Elizabeth. My tea is one I just bought in bulk, Tazo Herbal Tea Wild Sweet Orange Caffeine-Free from Amazon. I didn’t try the flavor before purchasing but I am very happy with as it has a delicious orange taste, not too overpowering.
Happy Tea Day,