Corina Nika lettering artist

cocorrina by corina nika via besotttedblog.com

I wish I knew how I came across designer/lettering artist Corina Nika’s work, I suppose it doesn’t matter, it’s just one of those happy discoveries that I couldn’t wait to share with you.  I didn’t even wait an hour before I was emailing her asking her about her lettering on her site and if it was hers (indeed!). I asked Corina if she would be open to an interview and luckily she obliged!  Please enjoy her answers, her process and tools are very different than any other lettering artist we have had on the site, I am hoping she may inspire even more individuals to take the plunge and try their hand at it.   As always if you have questions leave them in the comments.  Thank you Corina for such a wonderfully honest + authentic interview! I love this quote from the interview,( it is so simple but such great advice)- “I just learned not to give up, and practise daily.” Don’t give up and keep practicing friends!

//CORINA NIKA INTERVIEW QUESTIONS//

Where are you located?

I’m located in Kefalonia Island, Greece.

How did you get started in lettering?

I started on the 1st of January this year. I wanted to create something more personal for a wallpaper on the blog. It came up to be quite a mess (i thought it was perfect at the time).

What are some of your favorite supplies?

I basically design right on my tablet so I gotta say that. Water colouring is not my favourite although I’ve done some good work with it. I guess my very favourite is the pen brush. I love the texture it produces

Can you name some of your inspirations?

Yes! Ok, I’m inspired while walking my dog by the lake in the woods. I just close my eyes, take breaths and let my eye rest in the horizon. The trees always clear my mind, and when that happens, it lets room for some new ideas. Also, although it may sound mainstream, but I tend to listen a lot Lana Del Ray when I work. There’s lots of emotion, and dark sides. The dark sides, always bring out the best in my work, even if that’s connect with the villain, listening to creepy music (John Murphy style) or watching American Horror Story.

Can you go a little into your process of how you work on a project?

There’s not much to it to be honest. I’ll either work on Photoshop right with my tablet, or use my pen brush, scan and trace on Illustrator. The most process is getting with the right kind of style, line weight etc.

Any tips for newbies on how to develop their own style?

You’ll find yourself experimenting, and feeling the need or pressure to produce similar handwriting with other calligraphers. It’s something you can’t help but will happen. Through that process, you’ll slowly feel confident and that will show in your own handwriting, giving the room for your style to shine.

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Authentic Brush script font

brush font via besottedblog.com

Finding an authentic looking brush script font is about as easy as finding a needle in a haystack, it’s a monumental task. Why?  I don’t know, as brush lettering is having its day and many people are eager to include it in their design repertoire. Maybe it’s not out there because font designers may think it’s too darn easy to create brush lettering yourself?  It’s not. I can tell you from experience that it’s difficult to get anything perfectly imperfect. Good thing you have us in your corner as we are on a relentless pursuit to find you the best hand lettered looking fonts. This brush font aptly named brush up is by Pintassilgo Prints, they do some nicely imperfect fonts for your font library. I can easily see some of these used on a book cover, album cover, mixed tape (remember those?), poster.  I am liking this one, this one and this one.

If you are interested in trying your hand at brush lettering I found this great pen awhile back that takes out the mess factor of brush lettering. And if you are looking for inspiration, this is still one of my very fave brush lettering projects, perfect for holiday!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She recently lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Contemporary Calligraphy by Erica McPhee

Contemporay calligraphy by erica mcphee

Okay, we have been a bit ambitious this week with posts haven’t we?  I hope next week is not a barren sea of crickets here, we are trying to get at least one post up a week, on a good week maybe two, but we hope they are worth the wait. Michelle and I have been working behind the scenes feverishly or as feverishly as an 11 month old will allow her mama to work, to re-envision our brand. We are taking all of your feedback to heart and using it to help with a top secret project we have in the works (feel free to add your 2 cents to the mix). I spotted the graphic above by Erica McPhee and loved it, such a great example, I wish I had time to work on my lettering, alas my plate is currently full. I have mentioned Erica McPhee before with her Flourish forum, it seems it is a resounding success, over 2,000 members and 20, 000 posts?!  An active lettering forum is a dream come true, I am so happy to see it um, flourishing. If you haven’t already you should stop by and peruse or join, it’s free and there is some serious talent and resources to be found there.

And since we are talking lettering, I thought I would link to some supplies + resources, you most likely will be getting inspired and will want to try out some lettering for yourself:

Resource list

Fave Nibs

Nib Identification Chart download

Modern Calligraphy Book

Lettering Workshops coming up

Have fun!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She recently lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Lovely, lithe script font

a nice monoline font via besotted blog

Michelle found this font and asked me what I thought and I think I may have squealed.  The String family by Maximiliano Sproverio is one of those finds that makes you want to go and design something so you can use it. This font would look great on everything from invites, to your holiday cards even a fun brand identity. It has a casual feel with a dash of fancy added, if it were an outfit it would be jeans, a white button down with a sparkly statement piece added. I am partial to the holes version, it reminds me (a teensy bit) of the beloved Mr. Boddington hand (now if they ever came out with a font I would be one of the first on line).

Let us know if you use it in a project, we always are up for some eye candy!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She recently lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Pretty handlettered font

pretty hand lettered font via besottedblog.com

I don’t usually share the fonts I use in my shop, now that would be silly of me don’t you think? But this one font (the one shown on the stamp) I get so many emails about that it would make a whirling dervishes head spin. So in a moment of extreme generosity and to selfishly keep my inbox from bursting I am going to spill the beans, but first let me tell you why I like it–indulge me.

I initially had this font in my original logo tries for Besotted Brand, a testament to how much I like it. I love that it’s feminine but not too girly (too girly never works for me). It has nice swashes and alternates to really make this font your own, so basically you can dress it up or down as much as you like. Options, I like options! It feels simple and handwritten, not too much flash but enough to get your attention. It had its hey day when it first launched, but it seems to have died down quickly, which in my opinion is great since you won’t see it everywhere.  I think this would be a perfect font to use for holiday, heck make your own own custom stamps (I happen to know a wonderful stamp maker). Okay, I won’t hold out any longer, feel free to go and add it to your collection here.

Psst, you can find some of other font loves here.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She recently lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

 

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