Lettering: Lemon

A look at the process of creating this lettering for “Lemon.”

While researching how citrus fit into the Rococo aesthetic, I found out that Versailles had a garden of orange and lemon trees. I love thinking about color in terms of temperature; after trying some cooler yellow palettes, I knew I wanted to bring more golds into this piece. You can see the original sketch below.

African Woman in Head Wrap - Portrait in pencil by Laura Dreyer
Inking the sketched design.

Inking the sketched design.

Here are a few more pieces from my lettering portfolio:

Wind and Water: Creating in Blues

I’ve been working in a lot of blues lately, and I’m so happy with how this piece came out. I paired this lettering that I created for a client with a portrait from a my sketchbook. Using deep indigo hues to offset the lighter, delicate florals made me think of wind and water.

Here is the finished piece:

African Woman in Head Wrap - Portrait in pencil by Laura Dreyer

Closeup detail.

Closeup detail.

Closeup detail.

Closeup detail.

Here are a few more blue pieces from my portfolio:

Surprising Yourself: Hand-drawing Decorative Frames

There's something about being surprised that draws me to making things. 

Remember your first time, as a child, feeling the magic of cutting tiny pieces out of a folded white paper square and unfolding it to discover the surprising design of your beautiful little paper snowflake?

About four years ago, I found myself drawing frames made of flowers and rococo-inspired forms, but I rarely wanted to close the shapes.

Something about only drawing half a frame allowed space for my imagination to play along with my hands - to jump ahead of my fingers and predict what it would look like reflected symmetrically.

Drawing symmetrical decorative frames by Laura Dreyer.

Making space for that element of surprise gave me such delight when I did reflect my drawings to create what I couldn't fully predict! Like pulling your new "experimental" recipe cookies from the oven, there were frames that didn't seem right - something was poking out too far or just "tasted weird," but there were also new notes and flavors that I loved!

I believe allowing yourself to be delighted - or even disappointed - by what comes out of your hands when you sit down to make something is valuable, because it represents opening to something outside yourself.

It represents risking disappointment for the opportunity of delight, and trusting that the future, though hidden, can be your friend in ways you won't see until it arrives.

And that is how I want to live my life!

See more of my frames here.