The Brief: To create a liquor-based lettering piece using the lettering style from Dina Rodriguez of LetterShoppe’s Lettering Adventures workbooks.

Role: Graphic designer and illustrator responsible for concept, design, and implementation of all lettering and illustration.

Tools Used: Pencil & pen, paper, scanner, Adobe Creative Suite.

Final image.

Final image.

Whiskey and rhymes are two of my favorite things, so this hand-lettered illustration seemed a perfect project for me! Inspired by LetterShoppe’s Lettering Adventures lettering zines, I used one of Dina Rodriguez’s letter styles as a starting place for the shapes of the letters. I started with some thumbnail sketches, chose my composition, and then hand-drew the lettering and composition in pencil on a larger page. From that refined pencil sketch, I inked elements on paper and scanned in the illustration to do further refinements and adjustments to the composition on the computer. I vectorized and colorized the drawing and spent a long time tweaking letter shapes and scale until the final composition was found! And because I like whiskey, I made a print to hang up and feature the illustration in my house. Now, on that note, where’s my glass?