Drop Shadows // Additions For Lovely Lettering

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Hhaapppyy Sssuunnddaayy!

Also, happy National Day of Prayer! I hope you are all safe and well.

I have been rather scant in posts lately, but I’m a comin’ back. I have been doing lots of letter art and lettering in general, and it crossed my mind that I haven’t done that many lettering posts.

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When I first started brush lettering in 2018, I would look at pictures of quotes and things and I would see these “shadows” on the letters that kind of made them look 3D. I thought that was so cool, but it took me awhile to learn, But now that I do it a lot I thought I’d share it with you! So I hope this helps you with your drop shadows. They’re so fun to add.
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I use drop shadows a lot for bullet journaling and writing letters, and I thought you all might like to see how I go about mine.
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To start out, pick one of your favorite markers or brush pens or pens. I’m using Tombow Dual Brush pens for this tutorial.
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#1 Basic Dropshadow

I lettered a simple “hello” because it has a lot of good shapes to practice on. You can write anything, though!
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For the drop shadows on this one I’m using my Pilot Frixion ball pen. (GUYS, it’s erasable!  Perfect for writing.)
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Start on the top of the downstroke of the letter. In brush lettering, this is the thickest part. If you’re writing with a regular pen or marker, just imagine where you pulled the pen down.
I always draw my drop shadows on the left, but that’s a personal preference.
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When you get to an intersection between lines, (like below) don’t go over it. Stop, pick up your pen and go over that line, and then begin directly after it. It’s a minor detail, be it makes it look more like a shadow.
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Continue drawing your drop shadows on the rest of the letters.
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Whenever you get to a letter like O, it can be a bit tricky to decide what to do. I always start on the inner portion (where you would start the letter) and I do my regular downstroke.
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Then go on the upper portion and start.
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When you get to the overlapping part, go until you meet the line you entered the letter on. Jump over it, then continue with your line to distinguish the overlapping and the beginning sections, but don’t go any farther.
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VOILA!  It’s a simple way to add a little fun to your lettering.
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#2 A Bit More Plump

The next one is one I do often.

Instead of a regular pen, I’m using the Tomdow fudenosuke hard tip (My favorite. I use this most every day!) to do the drop shadows. This will create a more thick line without it being too thick.

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Start again from the top of the downstroke, and head down, jumping over any line intersections.

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TAA DAA!

It’s a bit more of a bold look, I like how it looks like a shadow. This can be done with any tools, too, which is a plus!

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#3 A Bit More Fancy

This is what I most use when it comes to drop shadows, I love how the shadows… scroll for more!

I’m back to the Pilot Frixion pen, but you can use anything(:

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Start by doing the same thing as the other two, draw the drop shadows along the edge of the downstrokes.

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Once you’ve done that, go back to the first letter and start your line on the top of the entering line.IMG_0916

Continue that line over where you intersected the lines and up into the loop. Don’t go all the way around, your new line should stop under where the other one started.

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Start again on top of the next line. End mid-arch, never overlapping your first set of drop shadows.

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Next to the loop going into E the same way. Also to the loop on e. Continue this way until you’ve reached the end.

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Yay! This is my favorite way to do drop shadows. It’s so fun and easy!

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#4 A Shade Lighter Than The Rest

This is a subtle and fun way to add dimension to your lettering, and it’s easy and fun, too!

Pick a color, any color, then find a lighter one, probably 60% lighter. If you do black, find a light grey. Navy, find light blue. I did blush pink/mauve, so I found a faint/baby pink.

Here are the two most used backdrop colors I use, 800 (baby pink) and N89 (warm grey) (also 873 (coral), but I didn’t snap a photo)

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Take the brush side (or however you can make a thick stroke on the pen you use) and do the same as the first two, start at the top of the downstroke and go down.

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Done! It’s a subtle way to add depth and dimension, and the outcome is really pretty!

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As a little bonus onto this style, you can take a black pen (I’m using the Frixion one again) and line the downstrokes close to the original letter.

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#5 A Different Hue

I picked a envelope with a medium color, turquoise, and I wrote in an equal tone.

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Instead of black or pink or grey, grab a white, silver or gold. I’m using my white Uni-ball Signo broad gel pen. (Ammaazziinngg)

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Start like before, starting at the top of the downstroke and going down.

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Then, like #3, line the inside of the upstrokes.

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I love how this creates more of a highlighted look than a shadow. It’s so pretty on toned paper such as this.

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I hope you all enjoyed this little tutorial! Let me know what you thought!

Have a happy Sunday!

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Which was your favorite, #1, #2, #3, #4, #5? Do you like tutorials like these? Want more lettering posts, or something else (what else?)? Do you like bradford pear trees? Snails or worms? XD

HOW TO: 6 Simple Banners // The Happy BUJO

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Hi! *waves*

Happy Monday to ya!

I love adding little elements to my bullet journal, whether it be stickers, washi tape, designs, I love it to be colorful and fun.

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Banner used as heading.

One of my favorite things to add is banners. I use them a lot as headers, and titles, and there are so many different ways, lengths and styles.

 

I wanted to share some of my favorite ways with you today!

I always start out sketching my banners, so this will be in pencil(:

#1 A Simple Banner

Start out with a simple rectangle, any size.

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Then add two lines on the bottom third of your rectangle.

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Create from those lines two more rectangles.

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From the bottom corners of the main rectangle, draw a diagonal line to the corners of the two rectangles below. This creates the 3d “folded” effect.

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Line it, then add shading to the “folded” part, if you choose. I always just hatch it, giving it a simpler feel, but you can color it or even use black!

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#2 A Bit More Intricate 

This banner is mostly the same, with one small modification that makes it look a bit fancier.

Start with the same as the first, one rectangle, then draw two underneath, add the diagonal lines to create the “fold”, BUT, before you line it…

Start from the top outward corners of the two bottom rectangles, and draw a diagonal line to the middle (below).

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Draw the other one to match, creating a flag look. Erase any unneeded lines.

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It looks a bit more intricate, but is still really simple.

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#3 The Inverted 

(augh!!! The blur! Please excuse(: )

This rectangle you start out with is a bit different, more like a oval rectangle together.

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(Sadly I realized I didn’t get pictures of the process, but I shall explain)

This one is very much the same as the last two, but swapped. Instead of drawing the flags under, they will be on top.

Hint: a simple way to do this is to turn your paper upside down! XD

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#4 Up And Down

I like doing my banners this way. This is one of my favorite ones, too, I just love how flowey this (and the next one) one is.

It starts out with oval/rectangle, and where you would draw two lines (for the two rectangles) on the bottom third, draw one at the top third and one at the bottom third. (shown below)

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From there draw two rectangles. One will be up and one will be down.

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Now you can add the diagonal “folds.” Only, these will be different. For bottom rectangle to the middle rectangle you will draw a diagonal line from the inside (for my case, bottom left) corner to the bottom (bottom right, for me) of the middle rectangle.

For the top, you will draw a line from the top inside corner (top right, for me) to the top of the middle rectangle (mine’s top left)

That way it’s “folding” correctly. (I’ve done it before where you have the two folds on the bottom. Heh, doesn’t quite work! XD)

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#5 My favorite(:

I make this one all the time, I love it!

The rectangle for this one is a bit different, one corner curves up and one down. The top and bottom lines are parallel, they mirror each other.

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You add just normal rectangles, one from the top third up and one from the bottom third down. Drawing the diagonal line as before, it takes shape! I love this one.

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Then you can add the flag corners.

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I just love the fluidity of this one, it’s so cute! I use this one all the time (or did I already say that many times? XD).

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#6 Intricate And Flowy

This one starts the same as the past two, one side up and one down. Draw the diagonal “folds”

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From those rectangles add one to each of those, the top one down, the bottom up (shown). Add the diagonal lines and then the little flag endings if you wish. (:

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This one’s fun if you want it to be a bit fancier. It’s fun!

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I hope you enjoyed all of these! Let me know in the comments which was your favorite!

I hope you’re having a great day!

 

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Which banner was your favorite? Would you like to see more intricate and fancy banners one day? What’s your favorite Disney song of all time? Do you like classical music?

Oof. // Inktober Mid-point + How to Knock Out Prompts

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Hello, Friends!

It almost makes me a weeeeee bit teary-eyed to think how RAPIDLY October is flying past, my favorite month of the year is going as fast as the rest of this year has been! Learning to savor the time we have right now is something I’ll probably work on for a long time in my life.

ANYWAY…

All that being said, I’ve been drawing using the Inktober prompts every day, and it’s been very tricky a lot of times. (I mean, how do you draw something using the prompt “Legend”? Hehe, it wasn’t my best Inktober day🤣)

The first day was “Ring” as the prompt, so my process was sketching out different things. I first sketched out a ring , then a girls with a ring on her finger, but I wasn’t feeling that. I remember racking my brain trying to think of another thing, and the I thought, “Oh! A ringing phone!”

It always helps me to create little thumbnails of what your ideas are and a smaller version of the drawing, just to see if you like it.

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Jumping over to the fourth day was “Freeze” as the prompt. I automatically thought of Frozen, to over on the left I drew a lady with ice powers (I wonder if she’s warm or cold blooded?😂), but I didn’t love that idea. Freeze tag! What else? (: That’s what I stuck with and I quite enjoyed the process of day four.

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Now day seven is probably one of my favorite drawings. I used calligraphy ink this day, where the prompt was “Enchanting,” so it was a new challenge. I decided my version of enchanting would be someone who was sweet and beautiful, so along came this character. I really like the different shades and contrasts you can get using ink, and it does really well with lettering (like where I wrote “Inktober 2019” over there).

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Day eight makes me laugh all the time, because the skinny girl with the bored expression is the same face I make. XD. (ALSO: Ignore the girl to the right, she was a random sketch I don’t like🤣) Stripes on sleeves are the BEST to draw and paint, because the torso part go across and the sleeves are slanted. SO GREAT! I love figuring out how to draw 2D/3D.

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Day ten, “Pattern,” was a fun one. The girl I painted has a plaid shirt, polka dot undershirt, and striped paints. Heehee! New fashion choices always puzzle me. 🤣

I painted in the ink with water different patterns and I thought I would make it interesting(:

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Day 14 was a lot of fun, especially elongating people. The prompt was “Overgrown,” so that’s what I did! I added a lot of random sketches, too.

*Small Note*

I do believe the illo sketchbooks are quite possibly my favorite sketchbooks I’ve used and I love the spiral-less, lay-flat-ness, high quality of these.

*End of Small Note*

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If you will, excuse the poor quality of this drawing. (:

The prompt today was “Ornament,” so I drew a girl/lady hanging one on her tree for Christmas. Blec. Hehe!

I’ve been drawing people to try and stretch that muscle for this month. Whew! It’s been tricky, but I’ve been enjoying it.

By the way, hands, feet and mouths are very tricky for me. I don’t know why, because I have all of those things! Anyway, that’s today’s drawing.

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Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing that peek at a few of my Inktober drawings for this year. It has been really fun so far!

 

Stay tuned for another post soon!

 

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Are you doing Inktober? If so, what has been your favorite day? Which of my drawings was your favorite?