Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Make Art That Sells - Week 4 Editorial

For Week 4 in Make Art That Sells,  Lilla asked us to design a map of the city or town we live in. The city's name had to be hand lettered. I really loved this assignment, but I got a little stuck on some of the endless possibilities. What should I include, should the scale be accurate or exaggerated, should I put an editorial spin on it?

There are so many things I love about Portsmouth and wanted to include them all on my map, but it was difficult to fit everything in, and render it how I hoped in the tight timeframe. In the end, I chose to focus on the spots I love—the crooked, old buildings in Market Square where I love to shop, the busy waterfront with tugs, islands, bridges (and whales!), Prescott Park, Strawbery Banke (and yes, Strawbery Banke is spelled correctly with only one "r"—not sure why).

During this assignment, I realized I love hand lettering. I spent a lot of time with a brush and india ink, pens and paper, writing Portsmouth time and time again on sheet after sheet. If I had more time, I would have loved to doodle the letters, creating textures and patterns and lines and swirls. So that will be my project for another day, hand drawn lettering as the art...

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