Text/Hand lettering

Calligraphy in Zulu

I’ve been doing a lot of calligraphy recently and I can’t seem to stop! I haven’t done proper calligraphy with a dip pen in years but I’ve been feeling like going for it again lately and so I have. I’d forgotten how fun it can be, but I still have a lot of practice to do on it. Just as well since I haven’t been able to paint anything I feel worth showing.

Anyway at some point yesterday I started writing in isiZulu and it felt a bit weird that I hadn’t done so before lol. Anyway here’s one that I got to digitally edit when I finally took a break ^_^

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Loosely translated it basically means “You are mine o Lord” or “Lord, you are mine” (as in Psalm 119:57).

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Text/Hand lettering · Watercolour

Lettering in a wreath

Saturday afternoon doodle-painting and lettering.

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abstract · Digital · Portraits

Windswept 


After three days working on this I decided to call it done. I’m trying to create a more mixed media effect by adding in bits of pastel and pencil marks.

 

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abstract · Digital · Portraits

Lady in Purple

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I tried another abstract fashion illustration… I don’t know if ‘trying to layer splashes in a way that it looks like a dress’ counts for fashion illustration lol but I feel like I’m getting somewhere and I’m (mostly) happy with the outcome.

 

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doodle art · Text/Hand lettering

Adding a little flare to my letter doodles

 

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This felt so much like drawing… I love it. I picked up my nieces jumbo beginner pencil (it was the closest thing right then) and just doodled away. I erased and edited a LOT but it felt freeing lettering this way…

Here are a few more using a regular 2B pencil this time ^_^

I’ll think I might be vectoring these a bit later.

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Digital · Portraits

All Dressed Up

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I’m always inspired by fashion illustration and sometimes I’ll ‘dip my toes’ as it were. This is another addition to my intentional attempts… I kinda like it but I’m not sure I’m quite settled on it.

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Digital · Text/Hand lettering

You Are Enough Digital lettering

Because these words cannot be spoken enough to all the good people in the world who doubt themselves. 
I’m so enjoying doing digital calligraphy in Inkscape. 

And to think, when I first got it, it was begrudgingly, I didn’t really want it but the project I was doing needed vector images. Now I work in it almost everyday, haha.

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abstract · Digital · Portraits

Digital Abstract Portraits III

Continuing with digital abstracts, I decided to challenge myself and draw guys as well. Drawing male faces is that much harder for me for some reason… but I thought it would be cool to have a go at it either way.The bearded guy took me like three do overs before I finally felt ‘alright’ about it.

The abstract part is its own horror and if I’m not watchful it can get out of hand but its lots of fun all the same.

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{These have all been on A3 sized digital canvas’ and today I thought why not try this same style on paper… so I took out an A3 sheet (I usually work half that or smaller) of watercolour paper and so far I have a face in pencil. I’m going to attempt being as bold as I have been with these digital pieces. (I’m saying this to make myself accountable and don’t chicken out) I’ll let you know how it goes ^_^*}

 

Text/Hand lettering

Lettering in Inkscape


So I’ve been using the calligraphy tool in Inkscape to practise lettering  quite a bit since discovering it a short while back. This is what I’ve been happy with enough to share (and upload to Etsy as printables ^_^) so far. Right now I’m working on some fonts in Fontforge and having inkscape makes the whole process that much smoother! I’ve never shared my fonts here before (I will soon!)  but up til now I’ve been hand writing the letters before scanning  and then having to edit and trace them ALL over again in the programme …Sometimes I wonder if I’m exploring too many of my passions at once but I just can’t resist!  #^_^#

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abstract · Digital · Portraits

Digital abstract portraits II

​Still at it with the digital abstract portraits. I’m really enjoying working on these (even though it takes me ages before I can feel good about it!).

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