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Working with popular quotes, sayings or song lyrics is a great way to practice your typography, custom lettering and layout skills. This can be a personal project just for fun, or a way to design and sell some prints, t-shirts or gift cards. Creating custom lettering takes time, patience and research; the key to any strong custom lettering work is to spend your time initially working out a direction.
First of all, think of a few of your favorite sayings or song lyrics. Once you've got these sorted, start your moodboarding; what style are you feeling at the moment? Begin your sketching, and think especially about highlighting individual words within your phrase or quote. You will see this in many typography-based, crest-style layouts, with certain words made larger, or placed on a separate line for emphasis.
Mix up your lettering styles - use script, sans-serif, or a vintage font - and a variety of different illustration techniques to add contrast between words. Experiment with including references to objects or images within your piece if you want to take it even further. This is a portfolio-builder, so take your time and create something solid.
Here is a selection of images by awesome designers to give you some creative fuel! Remember don't copy this directly, use them as inspiration only.
Design Is A Journey by Zachary Smith
You Are More Capable Than You Think by Amy Hood
Things To Do by Ross Moody
You Make Me Happy By Ross Moody
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