SKETCHBOOK SE­CRETS: Charlie Mankin

We take a peek at a de­signer’s early ideas for one of their projects

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Charlie ex­plains her de­sign process.“I usu­ally start with the quote I want to use and an idea of the kind of look I want it to have af­ter do­ing some scrib­bles in my sketchbook. I have a huge num­ber of fonts I’ve pur­chased over the years and I’ve also cre­ated some of my own. I make the fi­nal de­sign in Adobe Il­lus­tra­tor be­fore trans­fer­ring it to my cross stitch soft­ware. I spend time ad­just­ing and some­times com­pletely chang­ing the de­sign to get it just right.” www.stitchsper­a­tion.com

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