Design doesn’t happen in an instant. The creative process takes time, patience and discipline to bring the best design to light– qualities that artists Xavier Casalta and Rémy Boiré know all too well in their incredible “Patience & Discipline” piece shown below. It took more than 300 hours of work, and millions of handmade dots and lines to create the 22″ x 30″ illustration using Rotring Inkpens over the course of several months.
Boiré, a freelance graphic designer, and illustrator Casalta– both hand-letterers– bonded over their passion for typography when they decided to collaborate to learn from one another.
“I have been practicing pointillism for over a year now and discovered this technique by chance while I was learning typography and wanted to experiment with something else other than solid black letters. This time-consuming technique (4-8 dots per second) is interesting because you need to look closely at the illustration to realize that it’s made of thousands of dots,” says Casalta who also shared his advice for aspiring graphic designers with the FIDM Digital Arts Blog adding that “patience, hard work and confidence” are the qualities needed to succeed in the industry.
Boiré also shared advice with FIDM Students saying “be curious and talk with a lot of different people, but most of all, work hard.”
As a freelance graphic designer and hand-letterer, Boiré says what he enjoys most about his career is the time spent away from the computer– using his hands to create, whether it’s sketching or inking. Hand-letterers who he admires include David A. Smith, Gemma O’Brien and Mateusz Witczak, as well as calligrapher Luca Barcellona.
The lifestyle of a freelance artist is pretty great, too, says Boiré.
“Being free to choose your schedule, your client and your workplace is really satisfying,” he says.
It’s clear that Boiré and Casalta aren’t wasting any of their creative energy, as demonstrated by their process photos for “Patience & Discipline.”
The letter “P” by itself took three hours to complete as shown in an Instagram post by Casalta.
“Through this collaboration, we wanted to express the importance of careful planning and craftsmanship. But ultimately, we wanted to show that anything was possible with hard work, time, and commitment; hence, Patience and Discipline. To create this illustration we met several times over the course of several months and worked for over 300 hours. Once the sketch was done on the 22×30 inch sheet (56×76 cm), I started the dotwork while Rémy worked on the linework,” says Casalta.
Credit: Xavier Casalta on Instagram
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