I found this very poetic anonymous quote online and decided to letter it for a personal project. It reads "I crave a love so deep the ocean would be jealous". I knew going into this project that I wanted a monochromatic colour palette reflective of the ocean's depth and that I wanted a painted or watercolour effect for the texture.
The original sketch with the inked drawing beside it (traced using my Artograph Light Pad light box).
The inked illustration live traced in Illustrator. The version on the right displays adjusted kerning and leading.
Selecting a colour palette in Illustrator.
Adding dropshadows to the version on the right.
Adding dropshadows and creating layers before exporting to Photoshop.
I spent a lot of time in Photoshop adding texture with Kyle T. Webster's watercolour brushes from his Megapack for Photoshop.