Sunday, April 24, 2011

Branching Out

Branching Out is the The Sketchbook Challenge theme for April and I added some type to the image I posted earlier.

In the spirit of branching out, I thought I would try to letter in a different way than usual. Rather than lettering with a pen first and then adding color, I wanted to try lettering directly with gouache. My tubes of watercolor and gouache look ridiculously similar, and I accidentally used watercolor instead of gouache! I guess I was branching out even more than planned. I used a brush to letter the words "some thoughts on." I have less control with a brush than with a pen, so it does have a different look to it. I also decided to go out on a limb and not pencil the words in first. That explains the rather strange letter placement. I did go back and use a pen to outline the letters afterward just because I like the definition of outlined letters.

I'm adding some close up shots just so you can read the thoughts on branching out.

The next time you're working in your journal or sketchbook, try branching out by doing just one thing a little differently than usual. Who knows what might happen?

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