What I’ve Been Lettering

Lately I’ve been seizing any possible opportunity to practice my lettering. Here’s what has come out of that:

IMG_20180214_172833_204This little piece came from participating in Lauren Hom’s weekly #HOMwork challenge, which you can sign up for here.



The next two letterings were also part of #HOMwork. I lettered them with my Wacom tablet instead of on paper which was a challenge for me, but something I’d like to get better at.

Lies(This is usually not true, just FYI).


Trophy3(This is always true for me.)



Another opportunity that I’ve been blessed with is getting to design wedding invitations for my friend. I lettered the names of the bride and groom using watercolors.


I also got to address the envelopes (SO FUN!).


I’ll be posting pictures of the full invitation and other pieces from the wedding soon!



And finally, I use lettering to express gratitude for things that I love.



Thanks for reading!

Watercolor + Typography

I am getting really close to graduating with my bachelors in graphic design, which means I’m getting really close to my PORTFOLIO SHOW! I’m pretty pumped about it, and I have some cool ideas about how I will display my work.

I decided that am going to order some car air fresheners (you know the kind that hang from the rear-view mirror) with my branding and contact info on them to give out at my show. Today I finished the design that will go on the back of the air fresheners. I did a little watercolor painting of some flowers and then did some hand-drawn type on top of it in Photoshop. Here is the result!

Watercolor underpainting Finished watercolor Flowers with type

Why We Create – an Illustration

Why We Design Poster

“We make in our measure and in our derivative mode, because we are made: and not only made, but made in the image and likeness of a Maker.”
― JRR Tolkien

The above quote by influential author, JRR Tolkien, encompasses what I believe about design. We, as human beings, have the need to be creative because our creativity is one part of God’s likeness that we reflect. Being creative, coming up with original ideas, making new things, is what fulfills us—whether we realize it or not.

My original concept for this illustration was to show the omnipotence of God side-by-side with the finite nature of humans, yet, to also show their similarities. That is why I chose to set the illustration in an open-aired galaxy, representing the spiritual, non-physical nature of the soul. Then the fleshly aspect of the body is brought in and signified symbolically by the rib cage—the heart being replaced by a glowing spatial body. This substitution of the heart illustrates how God has put a creative nature into humans, into their very souls.

The typography I used in my design is also significant. I created a unique drop-cap because I think it gives the appearance that the story being portrayed is a legendary narrative of old. The act of God’s creation is indeed the oldest account known to man.

This poster aims to provide viewers with a better understanding of why people exist in the way that they do. It displays a meaningful statement along with an inspiring illustration for visual learning.
I used Photoshop to create the digitally painted background and Illustrator for the typography.