Tips & Tricks to vectorize a hand-made lettering sketch

VisualPollution's picture

Hello everyone!
The "Almighty" Seb Lester updated his website with brand new lettering posters.

Here you can read an interview from ILT blog

Scketches show us how he got to the final solution, developing the entire process.

I'm a big fan of all Lester works (who is not?...lol) and I wish I could start developing some fine lettering artworks...
We can see a lot of hand-writing developement, then vectorized.
About the vector-converting process, do you have any, suggestion, tutorials, links, guides, in order to understand the right way to do that?
Is that an amazing and endless pen-tool masterpiece, or we can follow different rules/ using different tools. How can we create the central white lines that we find in the middle of all the curly letters?

Thank you so much in advance.

Justin_Ch's picture

How can we create the central white lines that we find in the middle of all the curly letters?

You could draw a skeleton of your script in pencil. Then still in pencil build up where the strokes need to be thicker. When you are ready, outline your drawing in ink. Finally, erase the pencil lines when the ink is dry.

or we can follow different rules/ using different tools.

Yes.

VisualPollution's picture

This Friends of Type Post by Aaron Carambula talks about a lettering workshop session with Ken Barber at Type@Cooper and it's so inspiring and helpful.
The digitalization of this scketch have been made with Illustrator, and, for the handlerpoints visualization has been used the Anchorman Scriptographer Script.
Chack it out and share!

VisualPollution's picture

The designer, illustrator & typographer Jessica Hische recently post a video on her Vimeo page, in which shows us how the Adobe Illustrator CS5 Weight Variation tool improves the lettering design workflow.
I definitely need a CS5 upgrade right now!

VisualPollution's picture

Wow thanks! I'll get it!

Mat Lucas's picture

I was about to start a similar topic, glad I come across this one for the SebLester interview and that book, sounds impressive.

The line weight tool in CS5 is a beaut too!

Mat.

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