Hand lettering

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I remember hearing the phrase ‘text as image’ at art college in 1999 and realising it was something I already did. I love drawing, cutting and printing lettering. When I first started as an illustrator, I used to be obsessed with the perfect line, but discovering the work and approach of artist Margaret Kilgallen helped me see the beauty in the wavering line, the slight glitch, the idiosyncratic human error.

As far as process, I tend to start with a pencil and squared paper, then I trace, ink on bristol board, scan and then take into Adobe illustrator so I can try different colours and fills. I also use an iPad and stylus for doing fun and rough lettering layouts.