I tried blending 2 styles of sketching which I love and the results are interesting. The process is more than meditative and I empty my mind when I draw, imagining myself as a monk creating patterns in the garden.
While Travelling to Singapore, I did a few sketches at a Starbucks on orchard street. It was midnight and raining outside.
While I was sketching people around me, I suddenly realised that on each table sat groups of friends busy with their phones. They were hanging out but not conversing or acknowledging each other. Smiling into their devices wrapped in its glow they hardly looked up at each other. Then they paid the bill and left.
Here’s another page that’s an ode to coffee!
And here’s one more exploration from my monk series that’s an attempt to add more color to my illustrations and also attempt a much larger format. It explores the meaning of equanimity.
I haven’t been documenting everyday moments much while exploring hand lettering or doodling funny animals or monks.
Note to self: carry sketch book around and explore interesting snippets of every day life on paper.
Last night I played around with hand drawn type. I was trying to get depth and three dimension using markets and color pencils. After many wasted sheets, an interesting style emerged.
I am further going to develop this style later and add layers and depth.
This was meditative by the end of it, just these twirling words and me. Needless to say I slept with a grin.
I have recently been bitten by the hand drawn typography bug and trying to wrap my head around this skill. I’m practicing and learning the art of creating visually appealing forms that can inspire. Using quotes and thoughts manifested as hand written type gives them an added allure.
Here are a few explorations from my little sketchbook companion.
A set of excellent typography explorations which are bound to inspire you.
Each of them are unique in their own perspective and bring out the beauty of letter forms in unique ways. I love chancing upon typography design taken to an art form, when they become so aesthetic that they could adorn your walls vying for attention of an art masterpiece.