A little throwback to 2015 of a 9×12 mandala ink drawing that I did. I would really like to get around to doing another mandala similar to this but I think I have enough projects on my plate to keep me busy for a minute. I’ll just add that thought to my growing list of artistic endeavors.
On another note, I wish everyone safe holiday travels this weekend. I’m sure I’ll find myself smelling like BBQ and charcoal for the next couple of days. 😊
I have a confession, I have a background in graphic design…and I hated it. Hearing the word “kerning” makes my skin break out in hives (figuratively). A great amount of my graphic design studies consisted in learning typography and needless to say, I was about as passionate about typography as anyone can be about watching grass grow. I wanted to draw not learn about letter spacing and typefaces. But because everybody said you can get a stable job in design and every affordable college and university in my state seemed to be discontinuing their illustration curriculum, I found myself unwilling being funneled towards graphic design.
I ended up graduating with a degree in Urban Planing with intentions of getting a masters in Landscape Architecture, which is another story in itself. But life got a hold of me and I found myself in the Health Administration field wiling away my days scanning medical records while periodically doing freelance work designing logos and brochures. Surely not the glamorous life of creativity I had dreamt of in my younger years but as the saying goes “It paid the bills.” The wonderful thing about experience is its truth. When you’re young, you’re idealistic and a bit naive. It’s not until you truly experience a thing that you realize whether it is right for you or not.
Looking back, I’m glad that I didn’t become a designer, I probably would have been miserable regardless of the pay. I really like the freedom of doing my own thing and being able to experiment. And this recent carving was just that, an experiment that turned up a new interest: lettering. I had been thinking about trying it out for a week here but I had some hesitations due to my distain and past experience with typography. But to my surprise I didn’t know that lettering and typography are two different things. Back in college my professors talked about them as if they were the same but to my salvation I stumbled across this wonderful article that explains the difference and put my nerves at ease. In a nutshell lettering is simply drawing letters and that’s right up my wheelhouse; drawing. I was fearing that I was gonna have to learn all the specifics of typography all over again just to design and draw letters for my carvings. I’ve been spared the horror. With relief I can continue to indulge my new interest. I’ve been looking for some kind of over all focus for my linocut work and nothing has really appealed to me. I feel this will be a good fit. I’m always collecting quotes, short sayings and inspirational words. Why not carve them?
This recent carving was a first attempt and it came out pretty decent. I have some work to do learning to draw letters but I’m sure it won’t be long before I’m drawing up some nice pieces.
A lotus can not grow without mud.
A diamond can’t form without pressure and time.
Gold isn’t pure until it has been put through the fire.
Don’t see your struggles as a sign that something has gone wrong in your life. Struggles help us to transform to the next level of personal evolution. No butterflies would exist if they all tried to remain caterpillars.
Taking a breather from drawing and working on a little lettering design carving. I’ve been thinking about getting more into typography and lettering for my carving designs, so here’s my first attempt. Something simple. Nothing too fancy.
I decided to do a series of four drawings of Voodoufairy. Here’s drawing one.