Next, choose your quote and layout. I would recommend a rather short quote (20 words or less) because it will allow you to play with the presentation and empty space. I chose an Albus Dumbledore quote; we are only as strong as we are united, weak as we are divided. When conceptualizing the presentation, I like to have a couple words stand out. In this case, I choose to write them in block letters instead of modern calligraphy, but it can be done the other way around. Also, be sure to keep in mind where you want the quote to be centered around. Use empty space to your advantage and think about if you want the quote in the corner, center, or another position. Another thing you can consider is color and if you wish to have designs on the edges.
Next, it's time to write! This step may take a fair bit of practice, especially to find the style you like. I would recommend any felt tip or marker-ish pen, preferably rather thin (though it depends on the size of letters you wish to create). I used a black Prismacolor fine line marker, but a black Papermate pen works really well also (mine just happens to be dead). To start off, write in cursive. Experiment with different styles, slanted, loopy, E.T.C.
Now, take your cursive and draw crescents on the lines that you drew using a downwards motion. These are the thicker parts you will later color in.
After these are drawn, color in the crescents. As you do this you can color outside the lines a bit to shape the letters the way you want.
When you create the video, make sure the draw a letter and then fill it in. Otherwise, you will see the cursive and then after the finished product (still cool, but not the effect I was going for).
Other things to consider:
- Lighting (to avoid shadows have light either from above or pointing towards you)
- Hand position/size (make sure your hand doesn't cover your writing as you work through it)
You are ready to record! I used the time-lapse camera built into my phone but you could definitely find another app that would work. Just hit the record button, draw it out, and hit stop. There is a possibility the video will turn out sideways. If this happens, just download the free app Rotate & Flip, which will do the job.
Now you are finished!