High Contrast Serif
And now we're gonna be moving on teo a serif type picks a little bit more chicken, but still something you can totally handle, so I'm going to suggest we do a high contrast there if next so you take back out my nose, so we're next we're doing a high contrast surf ah, and if you want to take a look at thea handouts, if you want, take a look at the printed out typefaces that you've got. So with us, I'm going to talk a bunch about where the weight should fall in the different letters, so there are a few that are kind of tricky um, one of the first ones that I see people having a really tough time with is, um well, first let's talk about let's talk about verticals, verticals and horizontal is typically the weight is going to fall in the verticals and not the horizontal sze unless we're doing something that's reverse dress, which I mentioned earlier, so when we dio something like an age, you'll see the weight is falling here and here and not in the horizontal sze and with your sarah ifs, yo...
u don't want your sarah ifs too b any heavier than the thinnest point that you've got on your letters so you're serif shouldn't be any heavier than the cross bar is, um, on your each okay, so typically we're good with verticals and horizontal is things got a little tricky when we start talking about diagonals so big one is a cz and v's so traditionally you want to think about as you're drawing the letter where would you be pushing up and where you pulling down wherever you're pulling down there's going to be more weight when you're pushing up there's gonna be less weight so as your drawing in a you're going up and then pulling down the down stroke is where you're going to see all of your weight for the a and then you'll find that the opposite is true for the v kes you pulled down first so where is in the way it falls on the right in the vehicles on the left um take a second to get used teo but again just always stop and think about how you would draw the letter where you pushing and where you pine um and then you can also take a look at any of these samples to see where where you would typically have a serif and where you might not a you have a couple options for the top of the a sometimes you'll see just the sarah for coming in on the left side ah like that or you'll see this aref on both sides like that um okay, so now sarah ifs on something that has a curve so when you're looking at something like an ass and you'll see when I'm when I'm drying my letters I tend to drive what I somewhat considered the spine of the letter first um so you saw it as I did that ass I started off with the line down the center and then I worked on building up the weight on either side of it um so this surf on current letters will actually go vertically rather than horizontally you doing asked like this and you put a serif there uh you might find that looks a little funny don't do that just this um you also don't necessarily need a sarah if at the end of an ass you could um so you can you can certainly have a serif at the beginning of your stroke and then again at the end or you can just leave it like that uh the same thing goes with the sea you'll see the serif will just be a the top part of the sea and not necessarily uh at the bottom. I think if you put a seraphim the bottom of this say see start to get confusion where it ends up looking a bit more like a g um so try to avoid that um talking about uh oh and then the x is a fun one the x you can actually see the x the weight falls on the stroke that goes from upper left toe lower right and you can actually split when you're doing a high contrast acts you can stay what where this other stroke goes so you don't have to do something where it just goes straight through it could be a little tough to get it could be a little tough to get the angle right if you're doing that so you can always split it if you want um why is another thing where you have a couple of options either you can do your why like this or you can do your why like this and this for me is usually dependent on which letters come before and after it you always want to consider what other letters are around your letter form on dh you can adjust anything that you want accordingly because it's lettering it's not a typeface so you have you have more than one option for for your letters um I mean if you want to get really crazy you could even do something totally different for your why you do something like this so play around look at uh I suggest you look at a number of different typefaces specifically for where the way it should be falling there's anything that's feeling uncomfortable just have a look around on dh see see what letter forms are see where the weight is falling it's typically an issue with the weight um okay, so now I'm gonna pick my next spot, so I'm going back to my sketch, um and get this space here. I tend to work. Uh, I can work super light in pencil if it's something that you have difficulty with you khun, try using different types of lead in your pencil. So pencils come with anything from a six h two a six b in terms of the softness of the lead. So really hard lead is going to make a light line no matter how heavy handed you are, where's the really, uh, soft lead is going to come out a lot darker so you can always pick up a range of pencils on ghb is literally middle of the road, but if you are having, if you have the option, I would suggest starting off with a, um a harder ah, harder lead, and so you could make a lighter line until you feel secure in it and then you can move on to something like a to be if you want something darker. Um, I'm used to working really light so it's not too much of a problem for me, so I tension just to use the one pencil, I also always use mechanical pencils because there are a lot easier for me, I don't like stopping toe sharpen my pencil and you can pick up led in different in these state wait, so I have some to age and cem to be led. Okay, step onto my unto my high contrast, sheriff. So for this, I'm going to do dirty bandits here, and so I will really lately block in first what the letters are so that I know what's going where, and I know that the spacing is right. I don't want to start off really dark on ly to realize, uh, later that I've run out of space, since this one isn't necessarily burying wits, I do care about spacing beforehand. Um, so once I know that, I've got my letters in basically the right spot, and I've got my cap height and my baseline, I'm gonna start to go in and build up the letter forms, so I'm thinking about where is gonna be thick and where is gonna be thin? Um, my favorite kind of high contrast letters are definitely more, um, tattoo e style lettering, uh, sort of trying to do that kind of letter, and you might see on someone's knuckles they had knuckle tattoos, okay, so I went ahead and I did my high contrast saref, and I went with sort of a tattoo e style lettering, um that you see here, uh, and something that I forgot to mention earlier was thie n ends or something that people have a lot of difficulty with. A lot of times, I see people putting the weight here in here. But again, if you think about how it is, he make the end. You push up first, so it's light, you pulled down so it's heavy, and then you push up so it's, like. So you typically want the wait for the end of fall only in the diagonal and not in the tool verticals.