Okay okay, I think I'm being over eager with my New Year's Resolutions. It's only January 9 and I've tackled a lot of them already.
Number 1 on my list was to learn how to digitize my calligraphy. For this I turned to my most valuable resource: SKILLSHARE.
Signing up to the site is easy, and they offer a free trial for a month. There are also countless of video lessons in varying topics. This is where I first learned the art of calligraphy -- I took classes from known calligraphers such as Molly Thorpe, Bryn Chernoff and Molly Jacques.
To achieve resolution number 1, I took Molly Thorpe's class entitled "Digitizing Calligraphy: From Sketch to Vector". It has 15 videos tackling an introduction -- to sketching -- to inking-- to scanning-- to Photoshop (and finally)-- to Illustrator.
Okay, to start off I am a noob with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. It also took me a while to familiarize myself with the functions of these programs. (To be honest until now they're all a blur.) But Molly walks you through the steps with her calm and jovial voice making the subject matter easy to understand and interesting. I was not able to catch on right away and of course I stumbled and had to repeat a few steps but after 2 days I have been able to finish the class. (With extensive notes!!So I don't forget!)
I "graduated" from Molly's tutorials just this afternoon practicing on a calligraphy I had scanned months ago. It was tough at the beginning moving from Photoshop to Skillshare then back again. After a while, and countless mistakes, I was able to get the hang of it. The three photos above are the transition form Original to Edited. What do you think?
Most of the edits are cleaning up the scan to remove dirt and refining the curves. I am still a far cry from making real edits like changing loops but I think with practice I'll get there.
Which takes me to Practice No. 1.
Right after dinner, I was quite excited to flex my new learned "skills". So with scratch paper I sketched a simple phrase " Happy New Year" then went over it with my black Zig Cocoiro Brush Pen. After scanning and refining with Photoshop, I then recolored it in Illustrator. I really wanted to use it for something so I went through my 2015 Fireworks display photos and masked the phrase on top of it. So here is the finished product:
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