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FROM SPAIN WITH LOVE!
Dear hand lettering lovers! We are finally back and we are continuing our hand lettering interviews series in full motion. Today we have prepared something special indeed, a very unique and talented individual coming all the way from Spain.
David has managed to catch the attention of a lot of people all over the internet with his style and creativity. David’s work is a personal inspiration and we are really happy that he managed to find some time to participate in our hand lettering interviews series.
Thank you David once again, we hope you will enjoy the interview and learn a thing or two from one of the best lettering artist of today (just a personal opinion 🙂 )
1) Tell us a bit about your self
Well, I’m David Milan and I’m a graphic designer and lettering artist based in Spain. Actually I’m working as an independent freelance designer.
2) How and when did your lettering journey started? ( tell us a bit about your lettering history :D)
Everything started when I was 15 years old as a graffiti writer. Then I began to feel some kind of love for the letters and a couple years ago I started to making letters again, and here’s when my life begins.
3) Your style is very unique, where do you get your inspiration from? what helped you the most to develop your unique style?
I started watching videos of famous graffiti and lettering artists. I found Seb Lester’s work and I fell in love with his techniques for making different styles of calligraphy.
After that I found Joluvian’s work and really liked his style! Actually he’s one of my favorite artists. I tried to make the same technique practicing day by day with the same pens and tools as him. It’s wasn’t easy for me, you know, you must practice and practice and have patience, that’s the secret.
4) From your Instagram feed we can see that the crayola marker is one of your favorites, what other tools do you use?
As for my digital works I used to work with Photoshop for different effects on my letters.
5) Could you guide us through the process of your artwork?
Of course! The hardest part of my job is finding a good quote or a word haha. I could spend hours looking for a good one.
Since I have the phrase or word I start to make the sketches in different styles, after having chosen the best one I proceed to do it with a marker, brush or directly digital on a tablet. Finally I place the lettering on a photo or image.
6) In your opinion, what are the most common mistakes that beginners do? Would you mind sharing a few tips?
I think the strokes are very important element in order to create a nice lettering piece, also the thickness and kerning are very important. Sometimes I have the same mistakes, I usually see different works of great artists to have a better idea of how to do it and that’s how I improve my work!
7) What do you think you would do in your life if you never started with hand lettering?
I think I would be someone who does things with paint, I really have an addiction for colors and paint. 🙂