Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sketch Sunday 9

I'm not super tech-savvy, but I do think that I can make a better masthead than the one we have at the moment. During boring meetings, I like practicing my handwriting, usually by writing certain words or combinations of letters over and over again. After writing "inspirimint" over and over again, I've decided that I like this combination of letters.

Creating a logo or signature takes a lot of creative thought and development time. My dad gave me the task of creating a label for his wine. The vineyard is very young—last summer was our first harvest, and we will bottle wine for the first time this upcoming summer. This year, we harvested enough grapes for less than 5 gallons of wine from our young vines. On Friday, we tried a glass of both his wine and the neighbors' , who have been doing this for decades. To my (pleasant) surprise, his wine tasted a lot better than our neighbors'!

Graphic design and illustration are very disparate fields, and although I have drawn for so many years, I feel like I don't have the right skill set for logo design yet. I remember reading and being inspired by this article a while back, so I started out by just sketching a bunch of ideas without really committing to anything. In fact I began by simply writing the word "Casa" over and over again. By the time I got to my third page, I could feel the flow of the word better, and was building more on its shape.

This design is far from complete, and I will be working on this project for the next couple of months. If you have any suggestions as to how I should proceed or what more I can do with the label design, I would love to hear them! I am really proud of my dad for making such a wonderful wine, and want to support him by making the best wine label I can.

Here are two sketches of a chibi Elle Driver. I was trying something different—something more cartoon-y. I like her pose on the left, but I love her face and expression in the sketch on the right. Elle has such a great character design!

Last week, I also revisited this old sketch. I added a bit more line width and depth to this picture from the previous Sketch Sunday. Nothing too exciting, but I like the way the lines flow a lot more, so I thought I'd share it here.


  1. I bookmarked that article on logo design... bookmark list is already waaaaay too long, your blogging isn't helping!

    How did you find all these interesting design-oriented web articles???

  2. I follow a *ton* of blogs on Google Reader. There's a short list of them in the blogroll on the main page, but I really should update it again soon.

    If you do any freelance work, I think FreelanceSwitch is a really great resource. They have a ton of really interesting and relevant articles.

  3. Good grief, your handwriting is lovely! I stared at the first set of pictures and all I could think for a minute was "ooh, pretty!" :O

  4. Thank you! I didn't always have nice handwriting. I think most people assume that some are just lucky by having "nice" handwriting, but personally, I achieved the flow-y-ness only after a lot of practice. Most of the time, the practice happens when I want to switch from writing the regular letter to the cursive one (s, r, z). I also think it correlates with the amount of boring meetings I attend.