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Re: Apowers' Design School Journey

PostPosted: September 28th, 2015, 8:36 am
by yo
Great work. I like to see these types of detail explorations.

You need to work on your hand writing though. Make you lettering guide lines much lighter and your letters heavier. Work on developing an intentional lettering style. When done right it becomes almost textural.

Re: Apowers' Design School Journey

PostPosted: September 28th, 2015, 11:00 am
by apowers
Thanks Michael!

I've been really trying to work on it lately, but it's still hideous I agree. No excuses from me, I've been putting it off for too long! I have a lettering assignment I'll be doing once a day from now on.

Re: Apowers' Design School Journey

PostPosted: September 28th, 2015, 11:36 am
by yo
Aaron, it isn't totally hideous :-) Like anything, it takes practice and thought. Benchmarking is good. Focus on consistently repeatable strokes. Short, straight lines and slight arcs are easier to repeat than loops and curves which is why you see such similarity in the "architect" style of hand lettering.

Re: Apowers' Design School Journey

PostPosted: September 28th, 2015, 11:46 am
by yo
Here is a quick practice page example I just busted out.

Re: Apowers' Design School Journey

PostPosted: September 28th, 2015, 2:51 pm
by apowers
Awesome, thanks Michael! I'll be sure to get some practice in on this.

Re: Apowers' Design School Journey

PostPosted: October 7th, 2015, 8:48 pm
by Azrehan
Awesome sketches Aaron. I just stumbled upon your thread and love your work. Keep it up!

Re: Apowers' Design School Journey

PostPosted: October 11th, 2015, 6:48 pm
by apowers
Thanks Aaron, I really appreciate it!

Last weeks sketches were earbuds and I was trying to have more dynamic compositions and use color better. The color here still felt overpowering to the sketches and the level of detail still wasn't there.

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Re: Apowers' Design School Journey

PostPosted: October 11th, 2015, 6:53 pm
by apowers
And here's this weeks work.

My focus here was on building up more value and blending the color into the products better. I've also been doing a handwriting exercise every day so I hope that it gets better soon.

I think these are the best sketches I've done so far, I'm pretty excited with how they came out.

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Re: Apowers' Design School Journey

PostPosted: October 12th, 2015, 11:44 am
by FH13
Love your ideation. That's the kind of ideation that sparks conversations and additional ideas from other designers.
Some of the pencil shading is starting to look smudgy.
I remember back in the day we had to do 18" x 24" sheets of just lettering. Why don't you try doing Michael's sample multiple times on a 8.5" x 11" sheet. Make sure you pay attention at the letter construction, don't let your brain do what it thinks it should do.
You may also want to draw a couple of faint lines on your drawings so that your lettering is straight. It will help you to keep your letters the same height and in a straight line.

Re: Apowers' Design School Journey

PostPosted: October 12th, 2015, 12:01 pm
by yo
Nice stuff Aaron. Thanks for working in a few Polk concepts :-) You captured the diagonal graphical part break up we always use on gaming headsets that ties what we call "the dog leg" pivot into the microphone and creates a recognizable design from a distance.

On product logos, down't write them, sketch them. Apply the same principals you do to sketching the product.

Re: Apowers' Design School Journey

PostPosted: November 22nd, 2015, 10:35 pm
by apowers
Thanks FH13 and Michael!

My lettering has actually improved a lot in the past week or two, I just need to keep making a conscious effort to improve it.

These are some sketches from a few weeks ago (before said lettering improvements):

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Re: Apowers' Design School Journey

PostPosted: November 22nd, 2015, 11:42 pm
by yo
lots of good stuff. You have come a long way Aaron. It is great to see the progress over the the course of the discussion here!

Re: Apowers' Design School Journey

PostPosted: November 24th, 2015, 2:17 pm
by apowers
Thanks Michael!

It's been such a fun year of progress and improvement, thank you for all the help and suggestions over the years!

Re: Apowers' Design School Journey

PostPosted: December 12th, 2015, 6:51 pm
by apowers
In the middle of finishing up finals but wanted to share some recent stuff. Will scan in another time, but here's a photo in the meantime!

Re: Apowers' Design School Journey

PostPosted: December 30th, 2015, 6:53 pm
by apowers
A few day sketching project where I explored a dream I've had of a major athletic brand entering the world of e-sports and competitive gaming.

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