So, a very close friend of mine had just lost her dad to cancer and I wanted to present her something special. Initially, I wanted to do some fancy stuff to her dad’s pictures and give it to her, but then I remembered the vintage typography I recently fell in love with. I had already made up my mind by then, so I went out to get some pens, but the only one I could lay my hands on was a camlin black marker. So I bought one and a couple of Excel bond sheets and sat down to work.
HOW I SELECTED A QUOTE:
We both read, watched and fell in love with The Fault in Our Stars, so I decided to pick up a quote from then. I had my eyes on this quote at first:
The Fault, Dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.
Okay, that was just stupid and will only irritate her more and then I had to watch the entire movie and finally picked this one up, because I thought it might give her something to be happy about:
I cannot tell you how grateful I am for our little infinity
Now it’s time for some good inspiration. I believe more in randomly selecting images, so I google things before settling down for a design. But this time, I knew who to look for: a community that call themselves GoodType. They had ultra good stuff on their profile, so it was easy to get inspired.
SO, WHAT I DID:
At first, I ended up with this and I even had the courage to scan it:
Obviously, Illustrator rejected to do anything good with this, so I sat down to work on another design with few words, and I ended up with this:
I was actually happy with this, but I couldn’t scan it because I had to walk to shop and it was 11 in the night, so I took a photo on my iPhone and used illustrator to trace it for me. I was surprised how well illustrator could work with such a heavy image. A little bit of tweaks with photoshop and now it’s print ready.