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The Little Alphabet Book of Hand-Lettered Type

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When I first launched my personal project in January 2015, I never expected anything from it. I was drawing letters just for fun! I wanted a diversion from this melancholy that I can't seem to get over with so the Type B personality in me thought of something better to do - for sanity's sake.

I completed my alphabet and proceeded to making words and short quotes and 6 months after, I was contacted by Mini-Lou owner and Creative Director Carina Gardner if I can turn my alphabets into a coloring book! Imagine my surprise!

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Before we began working on the project, I was asked to create a sample cover and a page insert. It was received well by my creative director and I ended up getting the job!

Immediately, I started gathering ideas and collecting inspiration. I had to focus more on how I can make the book more interesting and fun for the children. From the inspiration I gathered, I made a moodboard which I printed and I kept it posted on my wall so I can look at it from time to time.

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So the actual work began with lettering the alphabet. The requirements for the coloring book is at least 5-6 letters but I worked on at least 10 variations for each letters so I'll have enough options for the layout. The process was so much fun! Carina loves to work on a timeline but she gives you ample of time to work on your project and that's what I love about her.

The entire process took more or less 4 months. Every single day, I've allocated time for drawing letters and working on illustrations. It was not until I finished all the sketches that I realized how much work I've put into this book! I have not felt anything about work but more on having fun doing it. My thoughts are always on the children who are going to use this book. How can I make it more fun for them?

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When all the sketches are done, it's time to ink all of them. So I went all the way back to letter A down to the very last piece of illustration. I've to do them all using tracing paper because I don't have my lightpad back then yet. Nevertheless, it gets the job done and that's what really matters. This phase took a few more days but laying it all out in Photoshop came easier. It's finally time to breathe. :)

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Nailing down the final cover was the last task. I purposely saved it after all the contents are done so I'll have a better understanding on how to work on the cover and we decided to go with this!

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The final steps is adding colors and textures to the final cover and The Little Alphabet Book of Hand-Lettered Type is done! First project - SUCCESS!

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This coloring book was released in January  2016 by Mini-Lou Kids along with my Wonderful World of Mandalas.

US CLIENTS

For faster and easier shipping, these books are available at Mini-Lou Kids

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Clients outside USA

Purchase available in my Etsy shop

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