hand lettered lyrics mood image

Hand-lettered lyrics

In this personal project I hand-lettered and illustrated lyrics from the beautiful and hauting song “Cities beneath the sea” by Gravenhurst. The lettering was created using digital sketching and inking techniques on the iPad Pro and printed as a one-off poster.

Colour Palette and texture

I used grainy textures to add a vintage feel and character to the crisply hand-drawn letters and illustration. The pastel colour palette was chosen to fit the mood that the song creates for me personally.

hand lettered lyrics details

From sketch to final piece

Starting off with quick and rough sketches I figured out which layout  fit the chosen lyrics. 

rough sketches for layout

I then worked out the style of lettering and details such as 3d effect and shading. 

refined sketch for gravenhurst lyrics

The final draft shows all details before inking. More examples in the lettering portfolio

detailed sketch
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