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Ad Astra 2010-2011 by Joe-Singleton Ad Astra 2010-2011 by Joe-Singleton
I assembled this from cover images and strips over the last couple of years. I wanted something that showed off some of the things I think I did well, fo a new t-shirt design.

I'm usually crap with logos, but I am still happy as I can be with the Ad Astra logo. It's nothing special, but it's clear and readable and it just fits. thank the gods for computers, because without them, people would have to try to read my hand lettering, which is just this side of atrocious.
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dawn-cove Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what you to? I even try to make a list with my hand writing and no one but me can read it at times.
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Joe-Singleton Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, lettering was always so tedious, I couldn't make it "art" in my head to get through it. I'm in awe of people who can do great hand lettering, title design, etc.
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dawn-cove Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
take a drafting class and thay will help you with beter letering tecneks
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Joe-Singleton Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I had a friend who was a draftsman, and he never could get the hang of steel brushes you need to do some types of lettering, like Old English, so he would draw each letter out in 3H .3mm pencil, outline them with technical pen and fill them in. He got an A+ on the assignment. :P
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Joe-Singleton Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah. But, it won't make it any more fun. Or less tedious. And, do they even have analog drafting classes, anymore?
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dawn-cove Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thare is computer drafting clases and cad key
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Joe-Singleton Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep. I do all right with the computer, because it does all the tedious work for me.
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dawn-cove Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really! I fined the drawing drafting useful my self. have you seen my drawings yet? I don't remember if you have or not. pleas tell me what you think
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Joe-Singleton Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I've looked at some of your stuff. I'd recommend some life drawing practice, too. It helps keep your figures supple-looking, rather than posed and really helps with making clothing look believable. I know there's an urge to jump ahead to inking and coloring work, but I think it's best to learn the pencil, first and work into color or ink or both, once you've got your pencils as tight and crisp as possible. Life drawing even helps when you're drawing is more stylized, like cartoons or manga. It's even more important for your people to look natural in their poses, when the style is less realistic.
You have a good eye for an anime/manga style, but I think you'll really be able to make it pop if you spend some time sketching real people.
I think drafting can help with the discipline needed to be a professional, and to help you learn to use all kinds of materials to complete a piece of artwork. I would never have thought of using drafting tape, until I saw it used. Sadly, a lot of those analog technologies are disappearing. You can't find my favorite blue pencil lead anymore. But, there's a drafting supply store in the Dallas area that is like walking back in time 25 or 30 years. They even have shading films and rub-on lettering!
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