Sometimes the first one is the ONE. Many times it is. Yesterday I drew my inspiration from two sources: the poster project from a graphic design class and Corita Kent. Except for font changes and layout adjustments, my poster was good. I had an idea. Let it flow into the next. Happy.
Sometimes the source of inspiration shuts down the creative free spirit. My focus becomes how can I make this look like a source. A record should look like a record. A poster should look like a poster. It becomes a guessing game.
That’s where this little book comes in. Begin with am image, painting, or photograph. Fiil the first page with words from your recent grocery list. Keep Going. Go where the inspiration takes you. Observe connections and create the next page. End with some poetic words. Remember there is only make.
Yes, taken from Corita’s book. I’d say that’s great practice!
Today I sat for two hours…the house was calm … too calm…but I sat with my creativity and let my mind wander. One idea led to the next. I thought about my letters and added more ideas. Lots more!
Gave each letter a thought. I now have a map, a map that I’m excited about. A few days ago, I had no idea. Notes after notes, I mean sure I had ideas floating around but no direction. All of a sudden everything’s coming together and making sense. Don’t you just love when this happens? It’s so important to show up every day because at some point, you get past the nonsense.
I know I keep writing the same thoughts but writing this book has been an emotional roller coaster. I was grumpy a good part of this trip. But I had every single one of these beautiful thoughts. So I have my doodles and I’m working on my lettering.
I can’t believe I was sitting, just me and creativity… my memories. I sat for two hours TWO HOURS and it felt like a lot less than that. At one point I thought maybe I should go to the store and buy Sharpie pens in color. Lizard brain showed up and I said,” No I’m going to sit and write.” It was beautiful.
If you’re a creative like me then you completely understand.
Now that I know I’m doodling the whole book, I spent part of my lunch lettering. I remember the days when I’d research lettering styles and go over the anatomy of type. Takes me to my skillshare hand lettering reference guide.
This sheet is a free downloadable from dawnnicole.com. I just love these letters. I played around with different ideas. I caught myself critiquing the spacing and making connections between the word and the right elements to express it. I even noticed the that all the letters have the same width. Having the same width makes letters cohesive.
I miss lettering. Road Trip helped me remember that. All this exercise took was 15 minutes. I’ll give myself a few more days to hand letter and doodle.