Hand-lettering was not something touched on in my time in Graphic Design school. Most hand lettering artists, myself included, are self-taught.While you do need some artistic talent to do hand-lettering, don’t let your handwriting deter you from trying this art form.
When you first practice hand lettering, it can seem daunting with so many styles and characters to learn. But the easiest way to get a grasp any new subject is to start small with the basics. After all, you’ll have to know the rules so you can know how to break them.
Hand lettering designs are everywhere these days. From magazine covers to subway advertisements, all the way to restaurant boards and movie posters, this creative form of expression has truly seeped into the fabric of popular culture. One of the reasons hand lettering is so popular is that it marries words, the building blocks of verbal communication, with a more visual way to represent ideas.
Creative Lettering and Beyond combines the artistic talents and inspirational tips and tutorials of several professional hand letterers and calligraphers for a dynamic and interactive learning experience.Numerous practice pages and interactive prompts throughout the book invite readers to put their newfound lettering skills to use, as well as work out their artistic ideas.
Essentially, hand-lettering is the process of drawing letters, by hand of course. Most of the time, lettering is needed for custom logotypes. In addition, posters, t-shirts, greetings cards; the list goes on and on.Lettering to me is almost a lost art. In this day and age of computers and everything becoming more automated, lettering seems to get lost.
Hand-lettering is making a comeback and gaining popularity, just check out the sheer volume of hand-lettering projects that could be found on the internet. However, the art and process behind it can be daunting for beginners.
You may have written the idea off quite quickly too if you tried to letter with your finger as this can be a bit awkward to do. Discovering what artists inspire you and why will also help you in finding your own style.
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