I’m Dani Ward,

and I do lots of things.

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 decided to take it into Photoshop and clean it up a bit before vectoring.

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I started cleaning it up in Photoshop with the Liquify tool and my handy Brush tool (I’m shockingly steady with a mouse!). I still wasn’t quite happy with it, and so sought the feedback of my college calligraphy teachers and went back to edit some more.

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After trying to balance out my swashes and leading, I now have the (un)enviable task of vectoring it. I’m going to try using Illustrator’s built-in stroke-width tool, so I just have to draw one set of lines rather than two.

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This is where I am right now. I’m mostly pleased (and still clearly trying to achieve greater balance on the right side!). I’m still implementing the process I talked about with my last big calligraphy project, which is really rewarding. I’ll update with my progress as I go!

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