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Gavin Soo
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Space Cadet

Post by Gavin Soo » Sun Nov 16, 2014 2:07 pm

Hi there everyone,
From a Newbie in London.
I had my first go at basic strokes and lettering yesterday. First thing that I learnt is that I'm a loong way off my first alphabet.
Anyway, while I get on with practicing, I do have a design. The general advice I got yesterday about spacing wasn't that clear to me. I wasn't taking notes either.
The spacing looks about right, maybe a bit more needed between the 'W' and the 'I' of 'WIDE'?
Not sure about the space between the 'L' and the 'I' of 'LISSON', either.
Any advice* appreciated.

[edit] *Besides needing a bigger pad.
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Lee Littlewood
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Re: Space Cadet

Post by Lee Littlewood » Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:01 pm

Umm, maybe the cart is coming before the horse? Remember the Signpainter's Trinity:
in that order.

Your letters look fine to me, but what is the layout? Quick thumbnail sketches are a great technique. How generous are the borders?
Basically, how does the proposed sign fit into the real world where it will be living?
Close focus on the lettering is the last part of designing a sign, although I will admit that it is a whole lot of fun.
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Richard C Beck III
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Re: Space Cadet

Post by Richard C Beck III » Wed Nov 19, 2014 3:50 pm

The most important thing is your comprehension and awareness about the amount of aesthetic space between the individual letters. What Lee said is so true. Your attached photo leaves out some information about the entire layout.

Suggestion: Place the proposed (in scale) sketch at a distance of six feet or so from you and place it upside down. This will help you critically examine the assembled letters and the space between them.

My father taught me this little trick in 1959 when I was 12. That's when all the letters were hand drawn.
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Joe Morreale
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Re: Space Cadet

Post by Joe Morreale » Sun Nov 23, 2014 4:19 pm

My father taught me, back in the 70s, to look at your letters and imagine the negative space being sand. Try to have equal amounts of sand between letters as much as possible. I was a way I was able to understand proper letter spacing.

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