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There Are No Strings On Me: From Sketch to Vector

Calligraphy swashes of the phrase "there are no strings on me," written with frayed rope.

Last year, when Avengers: Age of Ultron came out on Bluray, my brother came over to watch the film at my house. While watching, I suddenly had an idea for a lettering project: I wanted to draw the phrase Ultron seems obsessed with throughout the movie (which is, of course, from Pinocchio): “There are no strings on me.” My thought was to use lots of swashes and embellishments, then finally ink it with my flex nib dip pen.

I ended up vectoring the piece, but was unsatisfied with the first finalization. I sat on it for several months, then decided to rework it after reading Jessica Hische‘s fantastic book, In Progress. The final result is something I can say I’m quite proud of.

There Are No Strings on Me: Work in Progress

This delightfully creepy sentence is Ultron’s motto in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” So, naturally, I decided to sketch and calligraph it. This is the first inking. I’d never really used a flex nib calligraphy pen before, so my shading and everything is just abysmally off. For a first time, though, I was pretty pleased. I…