I’m going to show you how to make bubble letters. Bubble letters are a particularly beautiful kind of art, and I was once asked to create a site that displayed bubble-letter art.
The art itself is easy to make, but writing about it is not as easy. There is quite a bit of background that must be explained before we can get to the actual step by step guide that is the meat and potatoes of this article. I have tried my best to write this article in such a way that anyone who reads it will understand.
What exactly are bubble letters? What makes them beautiful? Why do they look so good on black? Why did I decide to write an article about them? All these questions will be answered here.
Before we get started, please allow me to quickly tell you a couple of stories about why I made the decision to write this article:
I was once asked by someone if I would mind writing an article about how to make bubble-letter art for him. The person who asked me this was someone whom I had never met before, and who has never contacted me since asking this favor of me. It wasn’t even a business deal; he just wanted some information from me for his own amusement (he probably wanted it for his
Letters are a great free art. Bubble letters are easy to draw. This article will provide step by step instructions on how to make bubble letters, bubble alphabets, and bubble graphics.
Tossing a sketchbook in the car and going for a drive allows you to get an idea that you would not normally have gotten while sitting at your desk. A change of environment stimulates creativity. You may even feel like you are wasting time, but the ideas will come later.
The first rule is to have fun!
Let’s talk about how to make bubble letters.
I know what you’re thinking, “who cares? They’re just for decoration.” But that’s like saying the Beatles are just for listening to; it misses the point. Let me tell you a story about what happened to me when I was in art school.
You can now download free art and use them in any way you want.
There are all kinds of software that can be used by graphic designers to create graphics. Graphics can be used in anything from online blogs, online games, logos, billboards and even printed materials. You can use it for personal use or commercial use, but you must give due credit to the creator of the graphic if you plan on using it for commercial use. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
The bubble letters below were created using Adobe Photoshop CS2.
Not that I am unappreciative of being called an “artist,” nor of the fact that I have been commissioned to create art for some very important people and places, but let’s be honest: I love it when I find a way to make a living doing what I would be doing anyway.
Creating lettering (and other forms of graphics) is something I have done since I was old enough to hold a crayon. It feels as natural as breathing and as necessary as eating. When I lose my ability to create it, my life will feel empty and purposeless.
The best part is that there are so many fonts out there, and so many ways to use them, that even if you find yourself using the same one over and over again, there is really no reason for it to ever get old or boring. And that is why this book was created: to show you how much fun creating free lettering can be!
If you’re an artist, you’re probably familiar with the feeling that there’s nothing new to do. It’s like you’ve done it all. You’ve explored all your options, and you know that whatever direction you go in, it will be something you’ve already done.
How do we get rid of this feeling? It’s hard to find good advice on the subject, but here are a few things that have worked for me.
In the beginning, there was only one way to make art. You had to do it yourself.
Until the Renaissance, most good art was commissioned by churches or wealthy patrons. The patrons would give the artist detailed instructions about what they wanted, and in return the patron got something (hopefully) beautiful.
If you wanted a picture of Mary at the feet of Jesus, you went to a nunnery or cathedral and hired someone who could paint. It was a pretty good deal for everyone involved: the painter got to live close to God and paint pictures, the nuns got to sing and pray all day and eat whatever they wanted, and Mary got more pictures painted of herself than she ever could have gotten otherwise.
Artists were like machines that could make art if you fed them money. That’s why patrons paid them a salary instead of just giving them their money back when they were done. The artist didn’t care whether he could sell his paintings: he just charged enough so that he could pay his assistants, supplies, food, rent, and new ideas for painting things in a way no one had ever seen before.*