Quick Draw 5Jun 10th, 2012 | By Nikita | Category: Feature, Quick Draw
This Quick Draw the artists were challenged in two different ways. They had to tackle a difficult word…and they had to do the Quick Draw completely by hand! Take a look at their work, and tell us (and the artists) what you think! [NOTE: All designs are copyrighted by the respective artists. We have permission to post them here, but you must get permission from the artist for any other use of their design, or to post them elsewhere.]
When I saw the word that had to be ambigrammed, I thought Nikita was mocking me, as he knows how big a devotee I am of Federer. but he wasnt and I was more than happy to be a part of this challenge.
I think this is the first quick draw challenge with a rule! the ambigram had to be hand drawn. But that really wasnt a problem to me because I only hand draw my works. The toughest part for me was to come up with a fresh solution as I had already done a “Federer” ambigram earlier.
And as you all can see from the rough draft, its all chaotic. But thats how I work. I keep doodling, scribbling, jotting, scrawling, squiggling and keep getting different different ideas. In other words, order from chaos as Robert Langdon said in Lost Symbol. Once I get a satisfactory solution I proceed to the final solution which is just drawing the rough one little better.
All in all I had a fun time drawing the ambigram of the person I worship. What was even wonderful was that I finished the ambigram just when Federer finished Nicholas Mahut.
I wanted to use this quick draw to work on my block lettering – it’s been a weakness of mine for a while. I think I was relatively successful. The hardest part was definitely the E; I desperately wanted to make it uppercase, as mixed case ambigrams tend to make me twitchy.
However, the E kept looking like an I to me, and I hated that even more, so I had the idea to make the lower-case Es look like tennis balls. Again, I think I was relatively successful. I can’t wait to see what my competition came up with!