Two years ago I was taking a lettering class online with the wonderful Val Webb. One of the exercises was to choose and illustrate a quote. Back then I wrote about it. Then in late 2013 Lesley Riley put out a call for entries, North Light wanted to publish an expanded version of her self-published Quotes Illustrated. The new book is called Inspirational Quotes Illustrated and is available at Amazon and directly from Lesley here (don’t forget to check out other good stuff from Lesley here).
I have loved lettering since I was required to write with an Osmiroid Italic nib pen in junior high and high school (gotta love Catholic schools!), and I love reading and good quotes, and I love art. All of these come together in this book. There are some new-to-me quotes that may become favorites, there are some wonderful artists whose work I have admired included, some friends (waving at Deborah Boschert, Norina Morris and Jamie Fingal!) as well who are wonderful artists.
One of the things I really love is that the pages are perforated so you can easily remove a page to mat / frame and enjoy on the wall. The page numbers are tucked into the center of the book and remain there–they aren’t on the part of the page that comes out to otherwise detract from the artwork should you wish to frame it. Cool beans!
Original blogpost from February 8, 2013:
Oh my but I am having fun. Of course, it is also a ton of work to make a page like this one (it took all day), but if you had asked me when class began back in late November if I would be able to do this in just a couple of months, I would have laughed! But lookit! I did it! I can’t hardly believe it! This lesson is what Val Webb (click here for her blog) calls “crazy quilt” lettering, with rolling lines and many colors and little bits of art insterspersed with the writing. Fortunately, I’ve been a bit behind and have benefitted from Val’s constructive comments for others pieces before I got around to working on this. I had the wit to send Val my “first draft” before I spent a ton of time painting only to discovered I should have done something different.
Val commented that when you have a wide motif in the center as with the overalls, it is hard for the eye to jump across to continue reading. She suggested re-working the design to read as if it were two pages in a book. Brilliant! Took time, but I got it done. Here’s the series of photos shoing my progress:
And one more time, the photo from the top, repeated for comparison here:
I like the way this turned out so much I am tempted to get a custom mat to fit into a standard sized frame and hang it in my studio!