Aurora – Hand Lettering & Watercolor

Here’s another real time video for another lettering challenge. πŸ™‚ This was for the #letteringwithtombow lettering challenge that I’m doing on Instagram.

Aurora is another word for dawn, so I thought I’d do a watercolor wash for the background that kind of resembled dawn.

Please let me know if there is anything particular you’d like to see me do regarding lettering in the near future. πŸ™‚

-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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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

-Chrystal

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. πŸ™‚

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.

Start To Finish: Jane Austen Quote | chrystalizabeth

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.

Start To Finish: Jane Austen Quote | chrystalizabeth

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

Start To Finish: Jane Austen Quote | chrystalizabeth

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

Simplicity Quote [From Start to Finish]

Have you noticed a trend in my blog posts? πŸ™‚ 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”. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

The Bootstrap Paradox – Doctor Who Fan Art

I have a new quote to share! I keep forgetting to document my progress when making new quotes or drawing, but here’s one from the latest episode of Doctor Who. I loved it. Especially when he talked about the Bootstrap Paradox.

So here’s the process of how I made this quote:

  1. I sketched out the quote on some old paper I had here at home.

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2. Here I am inking away.

The Bootstrap Paradox | Doctor Who | by chrystalizabeth

3. Here’s the quote all inked.

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4. Then to erase all of my pencil sketch.

The Bootstrap Paradox | Doctor Who | by chrystalizabeth

5. One more layer of ink.

The Bootstrap Paradox | Doctor Who | by chrystalizabeth

6. And now to digitize and color. The final product!

The Bootstrap Paradox | Doctor Who | by chrystalizabeth

October! Time for Inktober & Drawlloween!

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I love this time of year! For obvious reasons. The change to nicer weather (nicer for me since I love the cool crisp Autumn air), the atmosphere, and Halloween. Just to name a few.

But also because of Inktober and Drawlloween! If you haven’t heard of them, you should do a quick google search or search their hashtags on Instagram or Tumblr. It’s so much fun. I participated last year for the first time and I am so ready for this year.

Basically you draw all month in ink for Inktober to practice and improve your skills. And Drawlloween gives you prompts everyday of what to draw with a Halloween theme using any type of drawing medium. I (along with some others) decide to put them together and draw all of the Drawlloween prompts in ink.

Here is my first drawing for Day 1: Ghost

Inktober & Drawlloween / Day 1: Ghost / chrystalizabeth

If you want to follow along with me (along with other random things I post) you can here: Instagram / Tumblr

If you are doing it too, I would love to follow you back!