It is this time of the year already!! I wish you all a very happy, healthy year full of laughter and love! For me, 2014 was full of new. A new country, a new place and a a decision to follow my passion of illustration. It was a very good year, and I feel so incredibly lucky for what I have. I don't really have resolutions for 2015, or 'plans', but rather ideas of projects and hopes, and I will sure do my best to do great work that I can be proud of, so I can start living of what I can do best. I learnt a lot in 2014, and I will make sure to be in constant learning this year. I am always a bit impatient, to learn so much in a short amount of time, but I just have to take my time!
I have been working with new tools lately and this experiment with my calligraphy nib to draw is something i will work on further. I like how fine the lines are coming out.
Today, I would like to share a bit more than just the final piece. I am going to share the steps i used to arrive to the final lettering, in terms of composition and colors. That way, you can learn more about my work & thought process.
Step 2: I tried a white ink on black paper to see what it looked like, but i came back to the watercolors because I didn't think it fitted the quote. I wanted something light.
Step 3: I took the same quote, but put it in french, just because normally I only do English, so for a change! I tried some different combinations of watercolors and really liked what happened in the words "les voir", so i kept these colors as reference.
Step 4: Another tryout similar to step 3.
I quite like the floating composition of this one, but there are still things that don't look nice. The words "les voir" is too much on the left and leaves a big white space under "veut bien". Let's try to improve that. Of course i could move the words in Photoshop, and i usually do some Photoshop to makes things look more harmonious, but this time, i am going to play the game fully :)
Final piece: I am quite happy with this final composition and colors, so I stopped there. Of course, you can always make everything better and perfection it, but it is also nice to be able to stop at some point.