Becoming a Graphic Designer and Calligrapher can be a hard journey to go on. I go over a few things that I have learned and have helped me.
Learning how to write calligraphy and apply flourishes was one of the hardest things to master. I will say I am still mastering it. Because flourishes are decorative elements to jazz up a piece. By Jazz up I making the piece look luxurious and elegant.
The way that I really improved my flourishing was by studying other work I came across. The act of studying and seeing what others have done helps a lot. Because learning from others you begin to develop a better eye for what works and what does not.
The video above goes into how I went about learning how to flourish and what I have done to improve and continuously improve.
Here’s how I go about working on a Calligraphy/Brush lettering piece.
I recently found out about the book from Jonah Berger and I am so excited to read it. While I was on youtube and searching google for books that Nipsey Hussle has read he mentioned Contagious why things catch on by Jonah Berger.
Me being the type of person who enjoys reading I ordered the book right away. Because I like to read books that will provide value to me. Also I will most likely learn something new from reading the book that I had no idea about.
Always worth developing good habits
In this video I go over how to refill pilot parallel pens for cheap. The need to purchase cartridge refills for pilot parallel pens as shown in this video is pretty useless. I say that it is useless to do so because you can save money by refilling them. Also you will not be limited by the color selection either.
A Quick Rundown on how I go about improving my work and some tips you can take and use to improve yours.
Many of you may or may not know what a cola pen is. Also you may or may not know how to use one. In this video I explain the differences and also why I enjoy using cola pens.
I first learned about Snapchat Filters from Gary Vaynerchuk. What I have been doing since late last December was creating Community geofilters. Community Geofilters for snapchat are ones that are based on your location. Also they are free and ones that live forever within the app.
Knowing that many people are using something that you created is a great feeling. Also when you submit a geofilter to Snapchat there are guidelines that Snapchat has. The guidelines are not difficult at all. Also you want your artwork to be original meaning no logos, and etc. YOU have to be the one who has created it.
I have experienced rejection on filters I have submitted. Then after looking at them I had to be honest and thought deep about why it was rejected. After doing that I came to an understanding after a few minutes.
These are my stats for the Community Geofilters that I have live on snapchat. The places that I have Community Geofilters live are places here in South Florida. The program that I use is illustrator to vector my work. Because everything I have submitted is custom and hand drawn.
If you have the skills I definitely recommend creating a community geofilter for snapchat.
Writing Calligraphy Calligrams are so much fun after watching this video I have decided to focus on them a bit more. Because I honestly love the way they look. Another thing is how expressive they can look.