A lot of my self-focused pieces are inspired by things I'm loving at the moment. So when it came to creating this new wallpaper, I decided to use a saying used in a book I'm just a little bit enamoured with currently; The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern.
In the book, it’s the English version of the family motto of one of the main characters, Celia Bowen (in the original latin it is "Esse quam videri"). But away from literature, it is actually a well-know saying. So I felt that even those who haven’t read the book would still enjoy the sentiment.
I’ve been wanting to create a few new pieces of calligraphy lettering for a while, so when I was hard-pressed to come up with a new freebie, I decided that this was a good way to start. I thought something bound within a circle would work well for a digital wallpaper, so started sketching ideas on how to fit all the words within that shape.
After a number of attempts, I had something that worked well, and was able to get started on the painting. The piece was created with watercolour paint and then brought into Photoshop for some quick tidy-ups, to separate the letters from the paper, and to place them onto backgrounds of my branding colours.
- Download the Desktop / Laptop Version Pink or Blue
- Download the Mobile / Cell Phone Version Pink or Blue
What do you think of the photos? I’m slowly getting a bit better with product photography and styling. It’s going to take a while before they are a little closer to being just what I want, but everything is a process. I just have to keep practicing!
So there we go. Go dress up your tech with some pretty calligraphy!