One of the fun things about sketching every day is seeing how it evolves over time, how one thing leads to another and then another. Last week I got to take a short lettering class at Alt Summit. This class was basic calligraphy and it felt like a good, solid introduction to lettering.
I've also been reading this great book called Secrets of the Universe in 100 Symbols. (And while googling that book, I saw so many other awesome books about symbols--I may have found my new obsession.) So as I read about birds and their symbolism, I thought I'd draw and attempt to letter it. I've a long way to go with that brush pen!
That was so much fun that the next day, I did it again. This time just one bird but a little more finished looking. And no brush pen! ;)
I reserved several lettering books from the library and the first to come in was Little Book of Lettering. It's more of an idea/inspiration book rather than a how-to. Not what I was expecting but still a good resource. I saw a lettering project in there that looked like a lino cut print and so I thought I'd imitate that style. I moved on from birds to mammals and their native american symbolism. I first made the beaver page at the top of the post and then this buffalo one below.
I'm having a lot of fun with it. This sort of scribbly style is one of my favorites. And of course I love sketching animals. It'll be fun to see where this leads. Also I think I'm ready to start a large painting also inspired by the symbolism book. For now I'm off to go reserve more books on symbols from my library. :)