Basic Script Lettering 101

$ 70.00

This class is for anyone and everyone who has ever wanted to learn the basics of lettering. More specifically, script lettering! Learn a little bit about typography, the best tools to use, and a few tips and tricks I've learned along the way.

Instructor Message

Hand-lettering has such a huge appeal. It has a warm organic feel to it, that can't be matched by a type-face or font. Lettering is a tried and true art form that has been around and evolved for hundreds of years and can still be found on anything and everything - marketing and advertising, packaging, business branding and in art and decor for the home.

There are many talented designers and letterers out there and most are self taught, myself included. Since hand lettering is not something that you learn in school, teaching yourself and learning the art of lettering can be a bit daunting and intimidating. It's hard to find all of the information and resources that will help you become a successful script letterer, all in one place. But don't worry, I've got you covered. 

In this class I'll share with you a large list of my favorite lettering tools, go over do's and don'ts, take a project from start to finish and digitizing your project.

Learning Objectives

  • What is Typography? Know the difference between calligraphy and script lettering.
  • What tools do I use? I will give you a large list of my favorite and most used tools and where to find them.
  • Learn to recognize the most common mistakes with script style lettering and how to avoid them.  
  • By using your favorite drawing materials, create a hand-letter sketch that's meaningful, lasting, and inspiring. 
  • Digitizing your work.

Suggested Materials

You'll need all your favorite drawing materials: 

- sketchbook or paper
- pencil (a soft pencil like a 2B works great)
- eraser (I use a pink pearl, or prisma color gummy eraser. But anything that erases will be perfect)
- pen (a micron pen, .01 is a good starter - or you can get a set that ranges from .005 to 08)
- round paint brush (a mixed media or watercolor brush works great. I love my Master's Touch, size 4, round brush - can be found at your local craft store. If you can get a variety of brush sizes, do so!)
- a liquid medium of your choice (watercolor, gouache, ink, calligraphy ink, acrylic ink. I use Speedball's liquid acrylic ink the most) 

We'll go over a lot of different lettering tools in this class. Although, you could technically get through this class with only a few sheets of printer paper, a pencil, eraser and a pen or sharpie, you'll want to get as many of the tools as you can. Script lettering with a brush and ink or watercolor is what I do a lot of, so I'll be going over this style a lot. This class is about experimenting and finding the tools that fit you and your style best.

The best way to learn will be to try new things, challenge yourself and make mistakes! (that's what erasers are for, right?)

Videos

    # 7 | Total Time: 49 min
    Introduction 1:36
    Identify and Define 4:39
    Styles of Script 1:04
    Tools 17:10
    Taking On A Project

    15:53

    Digitizing

    8:18

    Conclusion 2:00