Happy Thursday, it’s Julisha here! Today, I’m showing you how to letter Cute Bubble Letters. July’s theme is bubble letters. First up is Cute Bubble Letters and throughout July, I’ll be showing you how to draw different kinds of bubble letters. Cute Bubble Letters are relatively easy to draw yet hard to perfect so today, I’m here to show you an easy way to draw Cute Bubble Letters using my box frame / quadrant approach. Shall we get started to learn how to letter Cute Bubble Letters?
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Materials you need to draw Cute Bubble Letters are:
- Paper: In this tutorial, I’m using a sheet of black paper from Fabiano Black Black Pad 300gsm in size 3 x 4.5 inches. This is by far my favorite black paper for ink drawings because the paper is thick and high quality so that the ink flows nicely and very pigmented.
- Pencil & Eraser: Can be either a regular pencil or mechanical pencil — your choice! I always prefer mechanical pencils simply because I don’t like sharpening pencils. My go-to mechanical pencils are: Staedtler Mechanical Pencil, 0.7mm and Staedtler Triplus Micro Mechanical Pencil, 0.7mm.
- Ink Pen: In this tutorial, I used a white pen to draw and black pens to “erase”. My personal go-to white pens are the White Gelly Roll gel pens in Bold tip (size 10 / 0.5mm). (They also come in smaller tip sizes as well.) For “erasing” the white pen, I used a Sakura Pigma Micron Pen in 0.5mm. Sakura Pigma pens can be purchased in various sets.
- Ruler: Rulers aren’t 100% necessary but use them if you’re a bit of a perfectionist like me and have to draw clean guidelines. But freehanding is definitely cool too!
Simple five steps to draw Cute Bubble Letters are:
- Draw Guidelines
For this tutorial, we’re simply going to draw one horizontal line right at the center. We’ll be drawing letters slightly tilted in varying angles and this center line will be our reference point.
- Draw “Skeletons”
On top of the horizontal center line, we’re going to draw four square boxes. These boxes will be our guides to draw J-U-L-Y. Tilt the boxes in varying angles and make sure that the first three boxes don’t overlap each other. Slightly overlap the third and fourth boxes; Letters L and Y have big negative spaces so that the spacing looks more refined when they’re spaced closer to each other. Lastly, draw horizontal and vertical center lines inside these boxes.
- Add Weight
Using the box frames and center lines as guides, we’re going to draw the letters. Since bubbles are round, we’re going to draw the letters with thick strokes (no stroke contrast) and round corners.
- Stylize Letters
After the weights have been added, we’re going to stylize the letters. To make the letters look more like bubbles, we’re going to add the reflections. Bubble reflections can be complicated to wrap your head around. One simple way to draw reflections is to draw them on corners that are diagonally across from each other. For this tutorial, I drew reflections on the upper left and bottom right corners of the letters. Then, for a more bubbly and floating vibe, we’re going to decorate the background with bubbles, clouds and stars.
- Ink It
Now, we’ll get into the inking step! We’re going to ink the sketch in the order of: the bubble letters, illustrations, and outline of the bubble letters. Since the letters don’t have details that make the letters pop, we’re going to add thick outlines to make them stand out more.
Did you enjoy today’s tutorial? Let me know if it was helpful to you — we want to hear from you! Now it’s your turn to draw leafy letters. What will you letter?
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