Oxblood & Co. T-shirts featuring hand drawn lettering artworks. Few months back they started the fun raising campaign with the help of kickstarters. Now they have received the desired fun and have created three tees which we believed deserve to be featured here.
Their technique is hand-lettering. Usually there has to be some kind of planning before getting down to business using ink. Mostly these guys begin a lettering piece by doodling ideas; these help determine the basic layout and style. From the doodles it is easier to plan out page, and then they establish text parameters using a box or curved lines for text to follow. This is the divided into lines or areas which maps the basic structure of the piece, usually I work on 1 section at a time in pencil, taking note of any connecting parts or ligatures.
After sketching out the design they move on to inking. At the moment they are favoring the Uni pin pens because they flow well and range from 0.8mm to 0.05mm which is great for those little details. They like doing outlines of the text first and rub out any pencil; this gives a good idea of what to do with the intricate parts of the drawing.
After they have finished a drawing they usually tweak colors and spacing on the Mac, this can really make a difference to the finish. They find using muted pastel tones with a punchy color works really well.
Oxblood & Co. T-shirts are printed in West Yorkshire. It was very important for them to use a printer who was local and they were further blessed to have found Leeds based screen printers – döts printhaus.
Throughout the development of the Oxblood & Co. t-shirt samples their service has been second to none. The experience, enthusiasm and willing to experiment with techniques has been the biggest help. All the prints are hand pulled, no automated printing, which is cool and testament to their skills.