Did I mention the lettering practice? (I’m also going through a rainbow phase, if you hadn’t noticed.)
Still not quite satisfied with the lettering on this; I can’t tell if it’s because I’m used to cleaner edges from working with Illustrator, or if my technique just isn’t there yet. I haven’t found my style.
This is the first thing I’ve made in Procreate that I could see putting on a t-shirt. I fussed with the letters (esp. that darned “B”) forever but eventually found a style I liked.
The Apple Pencil makes lettering on an iPad more intuitive, but the tip of the pencil is slippery on the glass. It doesn’t have the same tactile feedback as paper and marker, so it’s harder to control the stroke width. I redrew these letters so. many. times. and my hand was cramping by the end. I’m used to drawing with the point of my finger, not my whole hand. 😀
I’ve had this concept floating around in my head for months. I eventually came up with this, which I like:
But I’ve had a rainbow version of the above stubby-legged pony saved as a draft ever since. I came back to it last week, and, armed with some of my newly practiced lettering skills, tried my hand at it again.
This one has a bit more of the color and sense of movement I was looking for.
I’m still not quite satisfied with this one, but I’m tired of staring at it, so I’m putting it up for now. I really like the letter shapes for “Mulder”, though.
Originally I thought I’d borrow from another one of my drawings for Scully’s profile. I’m not great at drawing faces; I’d probably get better with practice, but that’s not where my interest lies right now.
So I half traced, half drew her from reference (photo below). It’s funny how one tiny detail being slightly “off” can make an otherwise normal-looking face just plain wrong. I went in and fiddled around with her eyes as I was writing this.
If you look past the series’ staples — “The truth is out there”, “Trust no one,” “I want to believe” — you can’t get any more classic X-Files than this.
This weird show about aliens that no one thought would amount to anything spanned eleven seasons and two movies, and this quote started it all.
“Sorry…nobody down here but the FBI’s most unwanted.”
OK, so technically there was some dialog before that, I guess — something with men in gray suits, blah blah blah — but the first Mulder/Scully interaction is where it’s at. She walks into that basement office, he tries to be snarky and fails (because Dana Katherine Scully, MD, is Not. Taking. His. Shit. from day 1, so brilliant) and…the adventure begins.
It’s perfection. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go watch the pilot episode. Again.
X-Files quotes make great lettering fodder. I’m working on a different quote from the pilot episode right now, but this came together quickly in the meantime.
I’m not a fan of “good vibes only”. Sometimes, I really enjoy a good grump. Or cry. Or any of the myriad emotions we human beings and our funky brains bring to the table.
This went through several iterations before I settled on the current version. I liked the hippy-ness of the wavy letters with an almost bell-bottom-like flair.