I've completed Time Tested, and my biggest concern, by leaps and bounds, is the lettering. It's my first time hand lettering with a brush and the results are...inconsistent to say the least. Not only did I letter the balloons, but the character also has text across his shirt much like the seldom remembered Yellow Kid.
This means my lettering varies wildly in size and I wonder if some of the smaller print will show up in the print copy. Nothing small is necessary to the plot, but I would like the 'jokes' to carry through.
When I first lettered the book a lot of my lines were too thin. 't' 'p' 'f' any letter with a straight vertical line I had drawn razor thin, and it just wasn't picking up on the scanner. I went back through the five pages and re inked letters that looked to thin. I tried to keep letters bold and bubbly, and really started paying attention to which sides of a line I would add weight to. The first time inking the words I was just worried about getting the words on the page. On my second pass I began looking at each letter in isolation and tried to make sure every letter got the attention it needed to shine.
It was a cool mini breakthrough for me. I love when you get to a point in a creative process where you can feel a noticeable jump in awareness. The lettering still isn't great, but I tried something new. I understand the art of it a little better, and ideally this newfound knowledge will carry over into my other projects.
- Jon O