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Explosion Effect – Quick ideas to spice up your work

Quick Ideas on how to spice up your lettering - explosion effect

How to add a Explosion effect to your letters:

This is the follow up of a series I started last year called “#spicyletters“, with a collection of guides on how to work with those styles.

In this blog post we are going to talk about the explosion fire effect.
This one takes a bit more work and patience than the previous “Flame-Effect“.


What you will need:

You can either do this with traditional tools as well as digital, like on your iPad.

Analog
• Pencil
• Lettering Tool of your choice
• Someway to trace your letters (like a window or a tracing table/ pad)

Digital
• A tablet or you work on your Pc
• a drawing program (like procreate or photoshop etc.)


You can also check out the Youtube video I made for this effect here!


Step 1

Add a basic grid to your canvas.
This will help you place your letters and keep an even layout. A basic grid with rows and a middle axis.

Basic Grid - How to spice up your lettering

Step 2

Drop in your letters.
You can use any style and any lettering tool of your choice. Going with a more simple style makes it a bit easier in the beginning!
I am using procreate with the “Felt Tip” brush from my snooze basics pack.

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Step 3

For the next step, lower the opacity of the layer, turn on your tracing tablet or press your paper against a window. We are going to start tracing and adding the first layer for your explosion effect! 💥

👇 (for procreate) I would recommend turning on the perspective grid of the drawing guide. For this go to your tools (1) -> Canvas (2) -> Turn on “Drawing Guide” (3) -> Tap “Edit Drawing Guide” (4) -> Select the “Perspective” Grid (5)
This creates a one-point perspective in the middle of your canvas, so just what we need!

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Step 2 - How to spice up your lettering

👇 (for traditional) You can draw these radial guidlines as well. The easiest option would be using a rolling ruler, but a regular ruler should do the job too! Just hold on to the one end and rotate it while making the strokes.

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👇 Now that you have the radial guidelines you want to align all further details to them.

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👇 For the first layer of this effect, add lines coming from the letters. You can make the strokes a bit thicker at the end to add a bit more dynamic to the lines.

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Step 5

👇 Additionally to the lines you just draw you can add those floating pieces to add dynamic to the piece and to make it look like it is really expanding/ exploding. Make the strokes thicker on the front part and thinner on the end part.

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Step 6

👇 Now we come to the part which takes a bit more time, depending on the size of your piece. However, it is quite worth the effort and really gives this effect a unique look! This is inspired by comic illustrations.
You add those triangular shapes and align them along the radial guidelines. Make the part than is closer to the letters thinner and the part at the end thicker. Place them a bit offset from each other.

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Step 7

👇 For the finishing touch add a couple more smaller, filled out, triangular shapes.

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Step 8

👇 Fill out the letters as well and you are good to go!

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That is pretty much it! Feel free to develop this effect a bit further and switching it up a bit. Like adding details or changing the shapes etc.

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And that’s it!

I hope you like this quick Idea on how you can spice up your work! Feel free to comment if you have any further questions or have any feedback 🤙
If you are going to try out this idea tag #howtosnooze on Instagram and I will check it out!