I’ve been working on sketching a beautiful Marcel Proust quote for a custom order.  Here is what this lovely customer from Atlanta wants lettered as a gift to her education colleagues as she leaves an interim position at their school:

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the gentle gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust

Isn’t that just fabulicious???

 I am in love with sketching this quote, because it provides so much opportunity for adding little touches, like the flower border I plan to doodle across the bottom around the word blossom, and maybe a watering can sprinkling love onto it all.  Flourishes around some of the phrases with a gardening theme maybe — leaves, ivy, birds carrying ribbons, who knows?

When I first start a project, all of these ideas flood a page or two in my grid-lined composition book.  On one side, I’ll usually have “art” ideas, like the watering can and such.  On the other side, I’ll sketch out borders in proportion to the final size of the art (here’s where having the grid lines comes in handy!), and I’ll do 4 or 5 (or 6 or 10) different arrangements of the phrasing and lettering.

Once I get a few different composition ideas, usually one of them will pop out at me as better than the others.  Often it’s a combination of a couple of different ones that will strike me as the best; in the photo of the sketch for this project, you might be able to see where I’ve circled the top part of one layout and the middle of another one.  These might combine to make the final composition — or not.

It’s a process… 🙂

Can’t wait to show it to you!

[update: here it is! happy client, happy artist…yay!]