2. Next, I decide on a composition or format for the design (I.E. 16 x 20 in., 24 x 80 in., etc.)
3. I create and arrange several, small 'sketch boxes' in a graphic design program that are scaled proportionately in size of what the final piece will be, and print it out.
6. I begin with whichever letter stands out to me, and if none, then I begin with the first letter of the word, and I choose somewhere within the sketch box to draw the letter—in a style based on the energy or feeling of the word—whether more organic or geometric.
7. I continue with the other letters—whether in sequence or according to the natural flow as I create the design—overlapping, connecting, and intersecting them.
8. As I draw each letter in the sketch box, I also draw where the letter is located in the small 'key' box—thus becoming my 'key' for where each letter is located in the design. This helps me remember where each letter is and is accounted for. I started doing this because when I began creating the designs, I would forget where each letter was located.
11. One of the final elements is to draw the lines with either vine charcoal (over lighter colors) , or a white charcoal pencil (over darker colors). Then I paint the lines of the design*.
*Note: Depending on the style I'm after, I will either 1) draw the design with charcoal; 2) paint-in all of the areas of the design with different colors; and 3) paint the design lines last; OR I will 1) paint the background a color or series of colors; 2) paint the design lines; and then 3) I may paint in only some of the shapes (as I did with this painting).
**This design for PASSIONATE ARTS was painted over 3 separate wood panels, called a