Well, over the last 2 nights, I’ve been working on my first lettering sample.
This aivity was posted over at DigitalWebbing, so I decided to give it a crack as I quite like some of the pencils.
I know there a couple of things wrong with it, and I struggled a bit with Panel’s 7 & 8 in all honesty, but overall, I’m pleased with how it turned out.
I tried to follow what I’d learnt so far, regarding placement and stuff.
I have submitted the piece to the DigitalWebbing forums for a critique, so I’ll post the feedback.
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So, last night I started my journey in the world of comic book lettering.
I booted up Adobe Illustrator, and become pretty much overwhelmed straight away 🙂 The different tools on offer and stuff made it seem like a daunting task straight from the off. But once I calmed down and opened up the DC’s Guide to Colouring and Lettering, I settled down a bit. The lettering section of the book is written by Todd Klein, who is Alex Ross’ choice of letterer, so he must be good! Todd has lettered 2 of my favourite comics, Kingdom Come and Justice. I really liked Todd’s caption boxes in Justice. I liked how he put the character’s symbols in the background of the caption box, so you know who was narrating that particular part of the story.
Anyway, I began making my first balloons. I started with the basic balloon’s using the guide, so they were the standard balloon, double-balloon, electric balloon, thought balloon, wobbly/weak balloon, burst balloon and a whisper balloon. After using the guide, I deleted all of the balloons, and attempted again without the guide, to see if I could remember. I think I picked it up pretty quick, and I think I’m confident enough of knocking up the standard balloons without the guides. Actually, I could still use a bit more practice with the burst balloon, as I wasn’t 100% satisfied with what I’d done.
It was hard to come up with text to fit said balloons, so I was just rambling out nonsense. I think once a letterer has a script to work with, and a page, that’s obviously where the real work begins.
I am going to continue to knock out the balloons mentioned above, until I am completely satisfied with what I am doing. Then I will move onto stuff like SFX etc.
I have found a good forum, DigitalWebbing, which have a section just for letterer’s. In this section is a great practice thread, where artists post their unlettered work, and provide a script to work from. Letterer’s can then letter the artwork, and post their finished work on the forums for a critique. This is a great idea, and a route I will definitely go down throughout my learning phase. Todd Klein and Jim Campbell actually post on these forums too, so there is a lot of people to talk to, ask questions, and take inspiration from.
Anyway, that’s all for now. See you soon with a new update.
Welcome to my blog, Tales of the Letterer!
This blog was set-up to detail my journey as a comic book letterer.
I’d never thought about comic book lettering at all, until a recent conversation at the weekend with friends, after attending the Kapow! Comic Convention in London. It’s something I’d never even considered. But the more I read up on comic book lettering, the more I got interested in the idea of lettering comic books, whether it be for fun, or professionally.
Obviously it is still VERY early in my journey, but so far I have enjoyed reading different tutorials and guides, and I can’t wait to start learning! I’m awaiting a book in the post from Amazon, and I have already got the DC’s guide to Colouring and Lettering.
Keep checking back for regular updates throughout my journey.