Where Words and Pictures Party

Legibility

Added on by Jon O.

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