Awesome Sauce – A Real Time Lettering Video

So, I’ve been working on making better videos for my YouTube channel.

I’ve made a new one that I hope is easier to watch. ๐Ÿ™‚

In this video I sketched and lettered the quote “Awesome Sauce” for the #togetherweletter lettering challenge on Instagram.

Enjoy!

Chrystal

 

The Days Are Long – Hand Lettering Video

I’m so excited to announce that I will be adding real-time videos of my lettering processes on my new YouTube channel! I have quite a few people that have asked about my process and I finally got a tripod (YAY!) so I can now make some videos to show you. Please let me know if you have any questions. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the first video, available now!

There’s no talking or sound because I’m shy and I also forgot to add some music. ๐Ÿ™‚

Let me know if there’s anything particular you’d like to see me do lettering-wise in the near future.

-Chrystal

Cancer Has Taken Another – RIP Alan Rickman

We’ve lost another amazing person today. I was heart broken when my daughter told me first thing this morning.

Alan Rickman, just like David Bowie, died from cancer at the young age of 69.

FUCK CANCER

Too many special people lost to it. Family, friends, and others.

Here’s a little tribute to Alan Rickman that I did today.

I’ll making more things in honor of David Bowie and Alan Rickman. Stay tuned. ๐Ÿ™‚

Quote by Alan Rickman | RIP Alan Rickman | Hand Lettering by chrystalizabeth

Lettering: Brave [from start to finish]

Here’s a quote I did recently that I loved from Doctor Who. It was said by his companion Clara. Her last words actually. Something that I thought was so great because she was able to endย the show with so much strength and bravery.

“Let Me Be Brave” – Clara Oswald

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Thisย designย is available online in my Society6 & RedBubble shops. ๐Ÿ™‚

From Start To Finish: Jane Austen Quote {Lettering & Watercolor}

I love books. And this quotes is extremely accurate.

Here is a break down of how I put this quote together. ๐Ÿ™‚

Part 1: The Books

I sketched the books out. I found an image on Pinterest and went with it. (It looks like the photo was pinned from Time Worn Interiors.)

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I inked it and erased all the pencil marks.

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Then I put down the first watercolor layer and once that dried, the second layer.

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Part 2: The Quote

Later, I started on the lettering. I actually already had the books done before coming across the quote. Luckily it was perfect.

First is the sketch and inking.

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Then I clean it up using GIMP.

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And vectorized it in Inkscape. I like to vectorize it so I can change it without ruining the look of it. I changedย the layout and some of the sizing of the words.

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And here it is finished. I used GIMP to place the lettering on top of the books and messed with the levels and overlays to get it that way. ๐Ÿ™‚

Start To Finish: Jane Austen Quote | chrystalizabeth

Designed For You Quote [From Start To Finish]

Here’s a quote I did a few days ago that received a lot of positive feed back.

I completely forgot to take a photo of just the sketch. So here’s me going over everything with my brush and ink.

Ink used: Speedball Black India Ink | Brush used: Watercolor brush from a pack I got at Walmart | Paper: Cheap copy paper

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All inked with the pencil sketch still showing underneath. At this point I’ll wait for everything to dry and erase the pencil marks.

Designed For You Quote [From Start To Finish] | chrystalizabeth

All cleaned up and finished. I edited in a program called GIMP. It’s a free program that is very similar to Photoshop.

Designed For You Quote [From Start To Finish] | chrystalizabeth

Hope you have once again enjoyed seeing my process. And make sure to remember this quote and know that it’s ok! We are who we are and we like who we like. ๐Ÿ™‚

Simplicity Quote [From Start to Finish]

Have you noticed a trend in my blog posts? ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been trying to center my blog around sharing my processes with you.

Here’s another quote I’ve done recently by Bruce Lee.

Simplicity Quote by Bruce Lee | From Start To Finish | chrystalizabeth

As you can see in the photo above, I’m so sorry about the lighting problem. I work a lot at night and my lighting isn’t really that ideal. But this is the sketch I do before hand of the quote. I like it to be pretty raw. Not too perfect. And you might notice, I have a paper I lined as a grid right behind it. It is so helpful when using white copy/printer paper. I got the tip from the wonderful Lindsey Bugbee at The Postman’s Knock. By the way, her website/blog is a must to check out. I love it. She has the BEST tutorials.

Simplicity Quote by Bruce Lee | From Start To Finish | chrystalizabeth

Here (above) you will see that I’ve used my brush to go over the letters. I’m usually not able to stay with the original lettering, and that doesn’t bother me at all. My sketches are just “guidelines”. ๐Ÿ™‚ The ink I used is Speedball Black India Ink, and the brush is a watercolor brush that I got in a pack at Walmart. And the paper is just cheap copy paper.

Simplicity Quote by Bruce Lee | From Start To Finish | chrystalizabeth

And the final product, which I’ve already shared on social media. I kept it simple just like the quote says. ๐Ÿ™‚