hand lettering

Learning from the Best

It was October 10th, on a Saturday morning so early I could've been sleeping in but for what reason - other than having a lazy start to a weekend. I made the decision to take on another workshop class this year and this time hosted and taught by the talented Carla Hackett and the esteemed Barbara Enright. 

Photo by Carla Hackett. 

Photo by Carla Hackett. 

So what did I learn? Many things. The art of typography and calligraphy like any craft, can't be learnt just like that. It does take time to acquire the technique, which showed throughout the process of my visual diary which we practised doing the alphabet and later on, flourishing. Flourishing is about making a word or your typography design one step further by giving it a bit of a fancy element through strokes that's fluid, rounded and intricate smooth lines around the type work. 

Here's a little piece I did after the workshop.

Here's a little piece I did after the workshop.

I even walked away with a brush perfect for script and hand lettering work, along with a folder with my name on it by Barbara. Even met some awesome people who were passionate in the field of script and hand lettering, it was great to discover the diversity of people who won't just only use this towards a design practice but intertwine the script, towards other areas of practice such as, event management or name tags at the company they work at. 

Here's to progress and more progress. 

Life behind the desk.

Desk situation at the end of the day of being an intern. 

Desk situation at the end of the day of being an intern. 

The term hustle and keeping at it can definitely become a struggle when the thoughts of getting nowhere overcome your present day thoughts (well for me, not sure about you). It's a true art when what you do becomes something you do more of than being thought of or talked about in getting it done. 

Fresh from my first duties of being an intern for a social media agency. I've walked out feeling not only inspired to do better but also see how the office environment can be. I've walked in my fair share of office environments and yet one doesn't stand out as the one I'm currently working in. Something about big open spaces, working in the same room with the employees who not only worked in the company for many of years but are also there to guide you along the way. 

A few thoughts whilst undertaking duties as an intern. 

A few thoughts whilst undertaking duties as an intern. 

Besides from the duties you get given to complete. With sophisticated ergonomic chairs, joyful stickers on big computer screens and bountiful of social media related visuals in the office - intern life is #icouldgetusetothismore. 

For now, this is my life behind the desk.   

Learning Quick and Slick lettering

Sleeping in the weekend? This isn't an option when you take a workshop class starting in the early hours of the day. The Quick and Slick Lettering class hosted by Brett Piva, was a day filled with lots of learning, struggle and awe moments in hand lettering. Taught in the inspiring interior of The Hungry Workshop, the class took off practising the art of brush strokes in casual and script lettering. 

Brett made hand lettering look so effortless and easy. His demonstrations and information about how-to's and sharing of his career experience gave the workshop that little extra.  

Below are work-in-progress pictures I have took whilst at the workshop. 

Getting some practice with casual lettering strokes

Getting some practice with casual lettering strokes

Piece of wood painted in a coat of blue 

Piece of wood painted in a coat of blue 

Sketching out the words "Turtely Awesome" on paper before applying it to the final design

Sketching out the words "Turtely Awesome" on paper before applying it to the final design

Adding the light mint green to the typeface

Adding the light mint green to the typeface

Final result

Final result

Words, photography and lettering by Quoc Truong