Calligraphy and Lettering Month Summary

This month has flown by and it has been a personal favourite.

There is a real wealth of information online and I don't think I need to add anymore information that exists. Instead I will briefly review each source that I used and other personal favourites before showing some of the fruit of my labour that can be found on my personal instagram channel - @sfraser93.

Lettering_Daily -

I followed a 4 week challenge where you complete one design a day for 6 days a week. The challenge can be found here and is a good starting point as it sets rules and boundaries so you aren't killed by choice. There are also a vast number of tutorials and resources you can get your hands on for free!

The Futur -

Typography 01 -

This course is an in-depth look at the fundamentals of all things Typography. Like all things from The Futur, you have a price tag that comes alongside the product but having purchased this in a bundle and on a special holiday discount it was considerably cheaper.

I was also privileged to get my work on multiple critiques over the lockdown period. This personal feedback was a real plus and knowing that Chris Do charges £1000 an hour. I think 14 hours worth of Critiques paid off the cost of enrolling on the course!

You can now see these videos on the course if you purchase it or whilst they remain on youtube (you can even see several pieces of my work in the thumbnails).

Lettering 01 -

A cheaper and much shorter course than above, but this time ran by lettering veteran Nils Lindstrom. This series of videos taught me the basics and advanced techniques required for high quality lettering work. With some useful resources provided it offers a complete package jumping from beginner to intermediate within a few steps.

Skillshare -

If you have been following this blog you'll know that I have been using Skillshare for the last few challenges. Below is the list of course that I've digested, mostly on double speed, in the last month.

Remember that you can get a prolonged trial by using this link!

Top 5

These courses were particularly useful for differing reasons. It wasn't that they were all perfect but that they gave me something that other books and resources never did. I'd suggest starting with these as all authors are particularly talented and knowledgable with a wealth of resources available under their own brands.

Lettering for Designers: One Drop Cap Letterform at a Time - Jessica Hische

Calligraphy Essentials: From First Script to Final Flourish - Seb Lester

LogoType Design: Create Brand Marks with Typography - Mackey Saturday

Brushpen Logo Design: Develop Your Signature Style - Matt Vergotis

Typography Logos: Typography and Letting for Logo Design - Ray Dombroski

Here is a list of other resources I watched this month. In reverse chronological order...

Level-Up Your Script Lettering - Ian Barnard

Hand Lettering Styles and Techniques for Embellishment - Phaedra Charles

A comprehensive Guide to Hand Lettering: Creating Graphic and Script Styles - Erik Marinovich

Creative Hand Lettering: Design Exercises with Image and Letters - Erik Marinovich

Modern Calligraphy: Flourish Confidently - Audrey

Logotype Masterclass with Jessica Hische - Jessica Hische

Hand Lettering Essentials for Beginners - Mary Kate McDevitt

Fast Font Mods - Ray Dombroski

Customizing Type with Draplin: Creating Wordmarks that Work - Aaron Draplin

Strong Lines: Getting Comfortable with the Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen - Alice Young

The Golden Secrets of Hand-Lettering: Create the Perfect Postcard - Martina Flor

The Golden Secrets of Script-Lettering: Find Inspiration in Your Handwriting - Martina Flor.

Lettering for Self-Expression: Create Stunning, Hand-Crafted Type - Ade Hogue

The fruit of the labour.

Doing calligraphy and lettering has been a real joy for me. As someone who used to loathe typography I have grown to love it and appreciate the finer details. As a monthly challenge it was also very achievable to try one thing a day and learn from practice. Why not give it a go yourself, I bought two pens and the rest was done with generic paper and pencils and pens.

Pilot Parallel Pen and Tombow BrushPen are great purchases for anyone interested.

Next month, coding. See you then.

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