The Lettering Workshops: 30 Exercises for Improving Your Hand Lettering Skills

The Lettering Workshops: 30 Exercises for Improving Your Hand Lettering Skills

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In The Lettering Workshops, you'll learn all about the art and practice of drawing letters using hands-on techniques in 30 lessons across five workshops. Whether you're a beginner or a professional graphic designer, you'll quickly learn how to develop and advance your lettering skills.

In this richly illustrated book of lessons and exercises, you'll find:

  • Workshops to learn the art of drawing letters--from an introduction to brush lettering and lettering script to the decoration of letters; from the secrets of good composition to the process of digitization and vectorization of your type
  • Exercises that gradually develop from beginner through intermediate and advanced levels
  • Analyses of lettering samples to understand what makes good lettering
  • Inspirational contributions in featured galleries from international letterers and brands
  • Pages for all skill levels
  • Letters to learn and explore

TABLE OF CONTENTS

    What Is Lettering
    Why This Book?
    First Lesson
    Lettering, Calligraphy, or Typography?
    Basics and Technical Vocabulary

WORKSHOP 1: DISCOVERING BRUSH LETTERING

    Exercise 1: Finding the Right Position
    Exercise 2: Setting Up a Grid
    Exercise 3: Carrying Out the First Motions
    Exercise 4: Drawing the Letters
    Exercise 5: Connecting the Letters
    Exercise 6: Reworking Your Drafts
    Analysis of Lettering Samples
    Gallery

WORKSHOP 2: INTRODUCTION TO SCRIPT LETTERING

    Exercise 1: Discovering the Skeleton Technique
    Exercise 2: Drawing an Alphabet
    Exercise 3: Drawing a Complete Word
    Exercise 4: Lettering in a Classic Script
    Exercise 5: Leaving Your Comfort Zone!
    Analysis of Lettering Samples
    Gallery

WORKSHOP 3: USING TYPOGRAPHIC CHARACTERS

    Exercise 1: Embellishing a Letter
    Exercise 2: Practicing on a Complete Word
    Exercise 3: Going Further with Vintage Style
    Exercise 4: Discovering Interlock
    Exercise 5: Practicing Interlock with Serifs
    Exercise 6: Producing a Complete Interlock Lettering Project
    Analysis of Lettering Samples
    Gallery

WORKSHOP 4: THE SECRETS OF GOOD COMPOSITION

    Exercise 1: Thinking in Terms of the Block
    Exercise 2: Completing the First Sketches
    Exercise 3: Choosing the Styles for Each Word
    Exercise 4: Drawing the Skeleton
    Exercise 5: Developing and Finalizing Your Path
    Analysis of Lettering Samples
    Gallery

WORKSHOP 5: DIGITIZATION AND VECTORIZATION

    Exercise 1: Digitizing and Preparing Your Lettering
    Exercise 2: First Steps in Vectorization
    Exercise 3: Testing the Vertex Theory
    Exercise 4: Vectorizing the Entire Lettering Project
    Exercise 5: Critiquing Your Vectorized Lettering Project
    Exercise 6: Preparing Your Lettering Project without Vectorization
    Exercise 7: Isolating the Lettering
    Exercise 8: Adding Texture to the Lettering Project
    Exercise 9: Finalizing the Composition
    Gallery
    Artists Represented in this Book
    Resources


Author: Francis Chouquet
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Published: 03/04/2019
Pages: 160
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.20lbs
Size: 9.90h x 7.90w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9781681984445

About the Author
As far back as he can remember, Francis Chouquet has always drawn. After many years as a graphic designer, his attraction to lettering led him to begin drawing and creating his first letters in 2010. Since then, he has not stopped exploring all the different ways to draw letters. In 2015, he went to the United States to learn from a master in the field, Ken Barber, and has since decided to make lettering his full-time job.

Find Francis online at his blog beautifultype.net and on Instagram @fran6.