What Is #NewMusicMonday

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What is #NewMusicMonday?

Here's a little story of how this series got started...

After having worked on hand lettering projects for over two years, I was ready for a new challenge. Up until today, most of my work has been in analog with the help of my Tombow and Pigma Micron pens. I love working in analog and I love the natural feeling of my pens creating imperfect brush strokes in my notebooks.

But lately I was starting to crave something else. I've been wanting to explore new territories and begin experimenting lettering in the digital world. Photoshop and Illustrator are programs I familiarized myself with over the years but I know there are so many more things I could do with it besides creating mockups for my designs or cleaning up my photos. I wanted to get my hands dirty. 

I completed several self-initiated challenges for myself like #365DaysOfHandlettering and #AlphabetChallenge so I thought I'd do something similar. I also wanted to combine my passion for lettering with another passion of mine: music. 

Starting today I will be working on a new challenge called #NewMusicMonday. (Another back story... Every Friday, Spotify releases a new playlist called "New Music Friday" and it compiles a bunch of new songs released by artists all over the world. I love music and I look forward to listening to this playlist every week.) After listening to this playlist, I will select one song to feature on my page for #NewMusicMonday. Whether it's a new single by a popular artist or a song released by a rising musician, I'll hand letter the title and use Photoshop and Illustrator to create a design that I believe best depicts the song.

The goal is to practice digital lettering every week and experiment with different Photoshop & Illustrator effects along the way. I'll be embarking on a new lettering journey and I'm excited to share my progress you while also helping you discover awesome music.