To be good at any craft, there must always be an effort to improve and become better. We don’t have amazing superpowers like the X-Men, the Avengers, or the Powerpuff Girls, so we must include practice of craft in our routine. Read tutorials, check out inspiring works by other artists, go to museums, attend workshops: there are so many learning options available out there but the best way to do it is to pick up that pen, brush, or whatever tool you use and apply what you learned.
“Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being excellent.” (Wendy Flynn)
As part of my 2016 goals, I want to dedicate a fraction of my time (you should, too!) to the craft of lettering: drop caps. Inspired by letterer/illustrator/type designer Jessica Hische, the drop cap series allows experimentation in between styles, colors, tools, medium, and all the what-nots. The possibilities are endless. With a plethora of crafting tools available in art supply stores and craft shops nowadays, it’s hard to focus on just a single tool. Sundae Scoops recommends: don’t be afraid to try something new, try them all until you find your favorite. When you do, use it all up, buy a new one, and repeat the cycle. Yes to trying (and hoarding) new weapons of mass creation! It’s always fun to challenge yourself with new ways to create!
Always remember that it takes time to master a skill. Focus. Develop your style. Don’t be afraid. Give it time. Practice, practice, practice! (and don’t forget to share your work!)
Materials used: Venzi Copelle dot grid 120 gsm, Zig 1.0 and 3.0 pts calligraphy pen, Staedtler 4H lumograph pencil, Pilot GTec C4