From lettering to sketching.

I’ve said it before — I’m not quitting hand lettering altogether. But I also don’t want my current lack of interest in lettering to stop me from creating anything. You see, creativity is like physical exercise — you have to do it regularly to see improvement. Not wanting to do lettering right now is not an excuse to stop using my hands. Thankfully, that’s when I discovered the beauty of sketching. 🙂

It all started with seeing some amazing travel sketches from one of my favorite handlettering artists. She was my inspiration behind my drawings from this post, but I never really thought about taking it to a different level. That is, until I stumbled upon Hugo Costa’s blog, A Fresh Drawing Every DayNow, this one’s a sketch in the true sense of the word! I couldn’t contain my awe as I browse through Hugo’s post, until finally, I knew what I have to do: I have to try it.

In case you're wondering: this is sketched after an actual photo of Chinatown, Manila.
In case you’re wondering: this is sketched after a photo I took during Chinese New Year at Binondo Chinatown, Manila.

The photo above was a first attempt, but I was kind of dissatisfied with the outcome. It looks more like a cartoon than a sketch of an actual place. I had to try again, but this time, with the proper tool. After a quick bookstore detour, I went home with a new Pilot Drawing Pen 02. I never used a drawing pen before, and it was a pleasant surprise to see it perform differently — and much better — than the pen I was using before.

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This is a street in Seoul, South Korea, sketched from a photo I saw on Google.
Another street perspective, this time from a photo of some street in Venice.
Another street perspective, this time from a photo of some street in Venice.
A semi bird's eye view somewhere in Belgium. Photo credit to Camie Juan and her awesome Instagram account. :D
A semi bird’s eye view somewhere in Belgium. Photo credit to Camie Juan and her awesome Instagram account. 😀
The first urban sketch I did — drawing not from photo or memory, but from being physically there.

Like many other things in life, me getting into sketching was an accidental discovery. I didn’t know that I could do it until I tried doing it. Lettering may have been my doorway to the creative world, but it’s currently the wave of sketching that I am riding on to. And right now, I’m really enjoying this type of art. 🙂

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