View Full Version : Very New to Lettering. Working on it.

05-30-2013, 08:01 AM
Hey guys!

So I got into lettering just recently and I've fallen in love with the depth and creativity possible. I know I'm nowhere near good yet, but I'm working on it!

Anyway! Please take a look and let me know what you see that's off. Personally, I just can't seem to feel comfortable on how my word arrangement and how things sit in the bubbles. I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing wrong or if I'm just being overly critical. Any tips are more than welcome! And any pointers at what's wrong (and how to fix it) are welcome as well!

They are in order from earliest to most recent.


Sorry if they are too big, apparently, I'm not able to set the image width in BBCode.

Oh, and the proper imgur album is here: http://imgur.com/a/WKMwk

Evan Henry
05-30-2013, 11:10 PM
First page looks alright. There might be some issues with reading order in the second panel. My eye instinctively went to the topmost balloon first, but I have a feeling others may not. You have a crossbar I in "bullshit."

The second page is pretty good as well. You did a much better job with it than I would have. I did notice some issues with word stacking, though. For example,


would look much better as


There are similar problems on the other pages, but that's the only major issue I noticed. Very nice work!

05-31-2013, 04:48 AM

Thanks for the tips and suggestions.

On the first page (with the reading issues) how far over can I move that? I was trying to sort of adhere to the "don't make the tails too long" thing, so I was sort of stuck. Either way, I will definitely go and rekajigger that. And oh man, crossbar I. I shame myself :(

And thanks for the word-arrangement suggestion on the second page. Like I said, I am still battling myself on those, but I think I am getting a bit better about it. I still agonize.

Thanks for your time! :D

Evan Henry
05-31-2013, 06:08 AM
I tend to stick to the rule that tails should cover, very roughly speaking, 75% of the distance between the balloon and the speaker's head. As long as they aren't too thin or too fat/stubby, though, you don't need to worry too much about the specific proportions. If you're going to lengthen any of those tails at all, though, I would recommend making them just a little wider, at least at the base.

paul brian deberry
06-01-2013, 10:26 AM
I think SuperMonkey is right on....

Looking at the last one. I think you're biggest area you need the most practice at is placement.

Pick up a copy of Jupiter's Legacy a guy named Peter Doherty lettered the book. Study what he's got going on.

You have the tools. You just need to study and practice.

Check back here in a few days and we'll have some new practice challenges posted.

Or you could just try some of the older ones. http://www.digitalwebbing.com/forums/showthread.php?t=129182

Plus read this http://www.digitalwebbing.com/forums/showthread.php?t=154702

and check out these three sites... blambot (http://www.blambot.com/articles.shtml), ninja lettering (http://www.ninjalettering.com/) and balloon tales (http://www.balloontales.com/)

They are a valuable resource. Helped my butt out buncha times.

06-04-2013, 07:27 AM
These pages are looking pretty good. On your link - first page, panel 3. The two speech bubbles, with the connector between the two, makes the girl look like she is wearing a pair of fluffy pom poms on a head band. Try making them two seperate bubbles. Perhaps with the second one lower on the panel.

Cheers Pb