And it’s time for a second volume of the Surely Simple Circle! If you’re new to this, visit vol 1.
I’m so pleased to be sharing Diana’s and Dusty’s lettering and their inputs for #surelysimplelettering for the month of November (and some from December ’15)! Here they are, in no particular order:
I like Diana’s crisp and sophisticated lettering style. She also plays around with different media, backgrounds, effects and opts for a clean and final digital look for her lettering. She has an aesthetically pleasing style and attitude towards her art!
I kinda stumbled into lettering this summer. One night I was bored and decided to open my Instagram account, which at the time, I rarely used and decided to search the hash tag typography. Typography leads me to calligraphy – calligraphy leads me to hand-lettering and then eventually to hand-lettering challenges. I always wanted to learn calligraphy, so decided, what the heck, I’ll give it a try and have been hooked ever since. And just like I stumbled onto lettering I found the November #surelysimplelettering challenge from a fellow lettering artist I’m following. I loved the simple and interesting words/phrases that were listed in the challenge, so of course I had to participate.
I tend to invest a lot time to lettering projects and without fail have a huge pile of discarded attempts before I’m satisfied with maybe three pieces and then compare and contrast them to decide which one is worthy to be posted. I also repeat this process for the photo I decide to post. I really do enjoy the whole process and consider it a labor of love. Each lovely heart/like and encourage comment I receive is like icing on the cake! And are greatly appreciated and truly means SO MUCH to me!
I’m like a sponge, always eager to absorb and learn different lettering styles and techniques and have gone though a few online courses. I’ve taken and enjoyed Caroline’s Better Lettering Course, Sean McCabe’s free lettering class, and of course, my favorite Lindsey Bugbee’s Calligraphy for a latte practice sheets. I really like those and have purchased 3 lattes, so far. ☺ AND I’m super excited for next month because I’m attending the Modern Calligraphy Summit!! YAY!
Dusty’s work is so refreshingly creative! It’s obvious that she spends time with children because each of her prompts reflect that- they are innovative, intelligent, and charming- with pops of colour and humour. I love seeing her work on my instagram feed because it makes me smile just looking at it.
My mom was (and still is) very arts/crafts-y…she used to do calligraphy when I was little…little framed quotations or certificates at work. I always loved it. I tried to learn as a teenager but didn’t have much success. I’ve been seeing so much more lettering around lately and I was reminded of how much I loved the way handwritten art looks. So I signed up for @ckelso ‘s better lettering course in November and just started practicing. And practicing. And still practicing.
Several folks who did the #betterletteringcourse were also doing the #surelysimplelettering challenge–because I will admit to checking the hashtag, “liking” the posts I like best, and then clicking on those IG-ers and seeing what else they are posting! I clicked over to Surelysimple and liked the challenge and the blog! I love the creativity of the posters following the prompt and your tips and your own attempts at your prompts.
After completing the challenge, I felt like I have a LOT more work to do–but that improvement is within my reach 🙂
I just keep plugging along…hoping to see improvement.
Be sure to keep up with their lettering over on instagram and if you’d like to know more about the artists featured here for #surelysimplecircle, visit this article over on Opinion9 where they discussed their art and inspiration too. Oh, and do hop over to #surelysimplelettering and #surelysimpleart and participate in the daily drawing/lettering challenge! -Aaria