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🎨💻 New Logo for Ning Narrative Notebook!

Got a new logo for my blog, Ning Narrative Notebook. Decided to design it myself for the lettering practice. Spent almost 3 hours on it this morning.

New Logo for Ning Narrative Notebook, using "NN" to
resemble a corner of a page in a notebook.
New Logo for Ning Narrative Notebook, using "NN" to resemble a corner of a page in a notebook.



The idea of using "NN" to resemble a corner of a page in a notebook struck me. So, I settled on just using "NN" for Ning Narrative and let the blog title do the talking. I experimented with some variations before settling with this one.

Pretty happy with how it turned out, even with some flaws. Could have worked on it more, but, you know, laziness strikes. 

I’m having a love-hate relationship with the Procreate app—easy to use but not vector-based. Should I look for other apps? 🤔

2024-04-19: Lettering Day

One line for 2024-04-01: I spent the whole day doing lettering while feeling sick, and to end the day, I listened to Taylor Swift's new album "Tortured Poet Department."



I planned to make a wall art for my room using a line from Taylor Swift's song "Innocent." The lyric goes, "Today is never too late to be brand new," and I love it. I thought it would be nice to have that reminder every day, so that's the quote I went with.


Started off thinking it would be straightforward, something I could write on paper, but it turned into a full-on art project!

The lettering art with the lyrics "Today is never too late
to be brand new." from Taylor Swift
The lettering art with the lyrics "Today is never too late to be brand new." from Taylor Swift



It feels like going from zero to hero in just one day! LOL. 

The Process

The first draft trying to get the hierarchy done

Switched into a hat!

Finally became an illustrative style.

The phone wallpaper version!

I am proud of the design, although it's not fully completed yet as I still need to tweak some letters.

I'll use it as my phone wallpaper for a bit before I give it the final touches, which might never come, lol.


P.S. I might jot down the whole process on my lettering box at some point. I've been getting into practicing lettering, so I could start doing some commissions like lettering people's names or phrases.

💪🏼 10-Minute Full Body Home Workout

I don't usually do quick sessions, but due to a condition that requires me to avoid sweating too much, I have to skip the gym for a full session for now.

However, I really wanted to work out today. So, here is my super quick session:

  1. 40 reps of Push-Ups
  2. 40 reps of Inverted Rows (or bent row with something heavy)
  3. 20 reps of Single Leg Deadlifts
  4. 20 reps of Pike Push-Ups
  5. 10 reps of Pistol Squats (or Bulgarian Split Squats for an easier variation)
  6. 20 reps of Superman Pull Ups
  7. Crab walk and camel pose for a bit


Done! 

Push. Pull. Vertical Push. Vertical Pull. Hinge. Lunge. Spine and unwind from the sitting position. All of this without breaking much of a sweat. Let's see how I feel tomorrow, lol.

P.S. If I were going for a 15-minute session, I would have added 10 reps of Pull-Ups and reduced the inverted row repetitions to 20, and also added L-sit and side plank hold as finishers.

Wisdom comes from reflections.

Some reflections come from my life, some from My Musing Blog, and The Narratives in media I've experienced. 

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