What are those patterns in the custom lettering you do and are they created in the computer or hand done?
This is actually easier than you think. All the patterns I do are custom but not all are created in the computer! Before I jump in to some details it’s important for me to postulate like I’m a know it all! (Joking) What is important (I believe) is that I developed these skills OUTSIDE of the computer. When I learned (all hands on in print shops) everything started out as a pencil sketch. This “sketch’ was then re worked over and over until EVERY aspect of the hand lettering, graphic etc was exactly what you (or the client) wanted. The next steps were to lay acetate, vellum or rubylith over the drawing and start the labor intensive process of doing separations (A steady hand and inks) All patterns were either created by hand, photocopier “magic” or (much later) you could buy patterns to cut out and add on your separations to give them a more professional look. Reason I say all this is to get you outside the all to easy computer and look for alternate ways of making patterns unique!
All in all I have approximately sixty patterns I’ve created and use regularly. I am ALWAYS looking in the world around me for new patterns, shapes etc that I can turn into patterns.
Once you complete your pattern (patterns) I would suggest building a file to store all of them for easy access. The patterns are good not just for custom type but all sorts of areas in your projects. Limitations only exist when you fail to exercises your creativity so to speak!
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