I decided to get a head start and make a Mother's Day card for my mom and used it also as an assignment for another Skillshare class I'm taking. This one is Digitizing Calligraphy from Sketch to Vector, taught by Molly Suber Thorpe. It is an excellent class, and I highly recommend it. I learned a lot of new techniques for cleaning up work in Photoshop in preparation for vectoring art, and since then, I've been using them all the time in my illustration work. I also learned about the Warp Transformation, which has totally altered my life -- I love it!!
Here is a bit of process of the lettering I did for the Mother's Day card. First I did a rough sketch of my lettering.
Then I redrew it a couple of times in pencil, then in ink. The cool thing about this class, is that Molly teaches you how to draw calligraphy with felt pens as well as do traditional calligraphy with a nib pen. I still need to find the right nib, so I did this in Copic and Micron markers (sizes .01 and .03 to fill in).
I liked the first one better, but looking at the text with my artwork, I decided on the latter because it filled the space better.
I spent a long time cleaning it up in Photoshop. I straightened some letters and tweaked some of the flourishes using the warp transformation. Here is my my cleaned up version:
Then I vectored it in Illustrator, cleaned up some more and placed it with my artwork. Here is the finished card with color.
I'm really enjoying doing the hand lettering! Here is another one I illustrated and lettered for my father-in-law earlier this month.