Craft vectors with style

In this tutorial I’ll explain a technique that I developed to treat a logotype supplied in vectors by the creative team at The KDU. The project started with an all-member call-out to help promote a fashion trade show called TMRW.

The technique we’ll walk through here effectively involves creating an analogue version of Photoshop’s Layers panel. I hate having a blank piece of paper and starting each piece of work from scratch, so to overcome this peeve I have started using a lightbox to develop work-through layers, deciding what I needed to add along the way until I have a fairly polished artwork. I was supplied with a template to use as a basis for this particular piece, so I’ve adapted my process to take this into account.

To produce this hand-crafted style you’re going to need a bit of kit: a 0.3mm fineliner, some good sketchpad paper, pencils, a scalpel, a ruler (preferably metal), possibly a glue stick, a roll of masking tape and a lightbox. Or, if you have no lightbox, use tracing paper instead of sketchpad paper.


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