For Ceryan Raissa Illustraties I’ve made the lettering for her birthday calendar (in Dutch).
The challenge was to make the lettering fit in with her beautiful animal illustrations without taking too much attention away from the illustrations. For this I also did some research into the animals, where I found out the firefly is commonly used in Art Nouveau, so I made the lettering in that style for the relevant month (May/Mei).
I first made some initial sketches and sent them to Ceryan to see if I was on the right track.
After that, I made them bigger, refined them and made them more detailed. Finally, I inked them, scanned them and did some small retouching.
Ceryan was happy with the result and found that they combined really well with her illustrations. I loved seeing the final printed calendar!
"I make illustrations of animals myself, and I came up with the idea to make a birthday calendar. I wanted the months to be beautiful and precisely written out. I've been following Elwin on Instagram for a while, and I think his work looks very professional and skilful. I asked him if he would do the lettering for the calendar (in a very short time). He was immediately enthusiastic and started working for me. Based on the drawings he wrote every month in style (fitting with the animals). He first sent me sketches, and after my approval, he worked on the final version. What has become incredibly beautiful! I’m delighted with this cooperation. Elwin is very fast, clear in communication and creative in developing beautiful matching lettering."
- Ceryan Raissa