Working on That Type Train...

Okay, so my puns are still terrible, whatever don't judge, you know you sang it in your head.

Moving on, I've been working really hard -- and by really hard I mean sometimes I stay at my office after work to be crafty. I bet I'm the only person you know who keeps glitter in their desk-- ANYWAY, working really hard on handwritten type. Apparently, my hand shakes a lot more than it used to in highschool and college (yay coffee!) so I've had a lot of shakiness to grow accustomed to. 

Here is a quick rundown of some of my attempts thus far. The first design I attempted wasn't terrible:

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Notice anything? Because I didn't WHEN I WAS MAKING IT. Yeah, now I realize that "letterering" is not a word, thanks for all the facebook comments, I got it. This, right here, is where I usually run into issues with handwritten type -- I stare at it for so long (which is fine) that it becomes simply a design and then I forget to, you know, SPELL CHECK. With my next project, I triple freaking checked that shiz. What is the next project? Oh, yes, get excited:

First, some background: in my office, for the holidays, we had a "pollyanna, yankee, white elephant" exchange (call it what you will) with the theme of "booze and food". Usually people just wrap some bottle of liquor or wine or beer -- sometimes food, but we are an office that enjoys "inebriation in life", if you will, so mostly booze.

My plan was to buy a bottle, I ended up getting Sailor Jerry's, har har har. I should mention that my firm's owner's first name is Jerry, hence the "har har har". I, also, was not the only person to think this was hilarious, so there were two bottles of Sailor Jerry's making the rounds (I guess I'm not as funny as I think I am.... wait, I am). Any-who, my bottle of Jerry's was special. Why, you ask? Which is weird, stop asking me questions mid-blog, I'm not there with ya, buddy. It was special because it had a handmade print to go along with it. GASP, I know, you had NO idea that's where this was going. 

Okay, I'll speed this up a bit, I'm currently working on producing the print with the intent on selling it to all you alcoholics out there. It's based on a quote from Humphrey Bogart (fun fact! we share a birthday! and Jesus! go us!) that reads:

The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.

Great quote, right? He's preaching to the choir over here. I'll save the full poster for another post because God knows I've written too much already. I'm just going to focus on the process of the "Humphrey Bogart" piece of the finished product.

I'll just leave these here...

first in pencil, cause you know, I suck at spelling and because hard.

first in pencil, cause you know, I suck at spelling and because hard.

Then I traced the pencil in pen, which is where I can totally tell how much my hand shakes. Joy.

Then I traced the pencil in pen, which is where I can totally tell how much my hand shakes. Joy.

And lastly, I scanned it, vectored it in Illustrator, and kerned the letters properly. 

And lastly, I scanned it, vectored it in Illustrator, and kerned the letters properly. 

All in all, I'm pretty proud of this guy, and it only took six hours, happy day! I'll post the full poster soon. In the mean time, peace, love, and glitter to all you crazy cats.