Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Top Hand-Lettering Tips for Beginners

Next, you’ll need graph paper to practice drawing your letters. This will help you maintain consistency. Pro-tip: You can find free graph paper on the Printable Paper site.

Once you have the right tools, see the tips below on the lettering process. For more advanced lettering instruction, check out the Hand-Lettering Power Course  where you will find guidance on basic letterforms design.

Basic Hand-Lettering Tips:

Lettering is not the same thing as handwriting. When you are lettering, you are actually drawing the letterforms.

Create a library of inspiration. We included our lettering library below to give you ideas on what to include in your library. Also browse Pinterest and YouTube as lettering artists frequently publish their work on those sites. We recommend following Denise Bosler, Jeremy Pruitt, and Jessica Hische’s Pinterest boards as they always post fantastic resources for inspiration.

Look to typographic design for inspiration. Denise Bosler advises that “the best way to start [lettering] is by copying from existing typefaces to get to know the feel of the letterforms.” Trace popular typefaces, such as Helvetica, using the grid paper. Pay attention to the spacing, line heights and widths.

Remember to follow the rules of typography. (If you’re new to typography, here’s a handy list of typography terms. Denise Bosler also produced this affordable typography crash course.)
Refine, refine, refine. Once you have sketches of your lettering, refine until the letters follow the typographic rules. Refining might take several tries. This is why you need an eraser nearby as you’ll use it often.

Good Luck

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