#peetydraws100lyrics complete

The middle of this past July marked the end of The Great Discontent‘s #the100dayproject on Instagram. I participated for a bunch of different reasons but mainly, ever since I discontinued the Mini-Peety drawings as a daily project, I liked the idea of doing something similar but short-term. It wasn’t too difficult coming up with the theme for my project, #peetydraws100lyrics, because I had done a version of this already: #peetydrawslyrics. I hadn’t added to the hashtag in a while and thought it’d be a good way to force me to start it up again. Honestly, I was hoping to maybe get better at hand-illustrating type or discover a happy accident within the shapes and patterns of each illustration. In the end, although there wasn’t any grand revelation in my project, I did learn a few things along the way.

I’m still all about the ease of doing something within a few minutes, posting, and then reveling in the glow of feeling productive. I reconfirmed that I like being able to create something quickly and embracing mistakes made along the way. My process was to draw lyrics in my sketchbook, a few times if necessary, snap a photo with my iPhone and email it to myself to vectorize when I had a few moments. Once vectorized, I’d email the finish product to myself to post on Instagram. The only restriction I set for myself was in the black, pink and white color scheme.

My first few sketches started off like this one: too much stuff going on, different weights, some sort of extraneous symbols mixed in with the text. I think I was still working stuff out in my head on how to approach this project. In the end, I always chose only a portion of the lyric and discarded the rest.IMG_3671

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I dabbled in a few different types of lettering – using brush pens, super fine point, cursive, stippling, and others. In the end, I really liked drawing in capital block letters – thick, thin, joined or really spaced apart. I’ve always drawn block letters since I can remember – definitely even before the middle school years. Pretty fascinating that I still resonate with something I enjoyed doing so long ago.

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One of my favorite lyrics to work on was for “Vogue.” There was another participant in this project that focused only on stippling. I was inspired to try it for one of my lyrics and ended up liking the stippled version more than the vectorized. The original does look better, right?

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It was really cool to see so many people get together and work on their own mini-projects (and I even interviewed one of the participants here). This project revived my love for drawing lyrics and for doing it quickly, without too much of a second thought as to whether or not it was perfect to post. I’ve decided to keep drawing lyrics and vectorizing them in the same way I did for this project but with mainly block letters. It takes off the pressure of overthinking something because I’ve added a simple boundary for myself and now you guys have a snapshot of the songs I hear. No judgement, okay? I’m pretty sure a Taylor Swift lyric is going to makes its way into one of my posts. 🙂

 

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