Today I wanted to share the process and inspiration behind a brush lettering piece I painted one night while I was looking through old photos. To put into context, I was browsing through photos I took over the summer, and stumbled upon this photo I took from a roof top on a hot summer night.
As you can see, the colours mixing in the sky were ridiculous, in a good way obviously. Back when I used to live in Canada, I never got to experience such richly coloured sunsets. Anyways, I decided to use this photo as the inspiration for my colour palette that night.
Coincidently, I was watching a YouTube clip from the musical, Les Misérables and decided on scripting a quote from it. I penciled it in first to get the spacing correct, and well, it turned out … meh. As you can see below, my letter forms were quite inconsistent and messy.
Unhappy, I decided to give it a go without pencilling in the quote and I think it turned out much better. It isn’t perfect, but it just goes to show that sometimes your best work manifests when you haven’t over planned. I honestly just went for it and the spacing and letterforms just seemed to work.
As Victor Hugo has famously written, “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise” and I think the process behind this painting is a testament to that quote. Here’s a side by side comparison of the two quotes.Anyways, thank you for reading. I hope to share more of my brush lettering process and inspiration in the future. Hopefully it will be through video form next time. Happy crafting/painting friends!