Today I want to show you my design process on how I created this hand-lettered illustration, “Irish Eyes are Smiling,” for a St. Patrick Day design pack.
(A design pack is just a collection of designs revolving around a similar theme.)
I was asked to create something for St. Patrick’s Day using my hand lettering skills. At work, we try to stay ahead of whatever holiday that is on the horizon. I know it’s crazy to be thinking of St. Patty’s day in January, but that’s just how the cookie crumbles in the corporate design world.
Of course, I was thrilled when my boss gave me the liberty to hand letter for a design. It made me feel like I have potential. 😀
First I did a quick google search of some Irish phrases. I even looked up how to say “Happy Saint Patricks Day” in Gaelic. I have no idea how to say that! lol
But then the phrase “Irish Eyes are Smiling” popped into my head and I felt like that was right wording for this assignment.
I looked up Celtic fonts on Pinterest, and most of the designs were fairly intense. I knew my design would have to look like vines to somewhat resemble Celtic knots.
Here is my rough sketch
Irish Eyes are Smiling -Rough Sketch
Once I have the design drawn, I traced over it with a Fine Point Sharpie Marker. This marker was not bad to work with; it just dried up while I was using it. And it didn’t go over the white out very well. I think the whiteout clogs the felt tip, preventing the ink from coming out smoothly.
Irish Eyes are Smiling -Traced with Black Ink
Because I didn’t have my usual Fiber Castle pens, I use a regular Sharpie Marker to fill in the black. I had to be extra careful because the fat tip did not allow me to have as much control as I would with a finer tip.
Irish Eyes are Smiling – Scanned in Gray Scale
I think I did alright. Using a bigger marker helped my design to be thicker overall, which is helpful because I have trouble making my designs too thin.
This time I remembered that the design was going on a”Kelly Green” shirt, so I made the design white with a tonal green color for the stroke embellishments.
Irish Eyes are Smiling -Vectored and Colored
It looks quite alright on the shirt. I’m curious to know how many people will buy this shirt because of the design. I have trouble appreciating my work, but that’s what keeps me trying.
Let me know what you think! Thanks for reading!
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