Hand-Drawn Typography: Create Your Own Font

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Class Project

Create your very own hand-drawn font

About the Class

Welcome to Hand-Drawn Typography 101. This course is designed for anyone interested in learning how to make their own hand-drawn font. Even if you've uttered the famous words; "I can't draw", this course is for you. We will cover the most basic fundamentals of drawing and then learn how to use those skills to make more complex shapes and figures with an emphasis on making hand-drawn typography.

In this class we will explore the basic foundations of what a font is, and more importantly how do we begin to make our own. 

What You'll Learn

  • Inspiration. You will be challenged to draw outside the box and start keeping a sketchbook with you at all times.
  • Sketch it Out. You will draw the letters and numbers that will make up your new hand-drawn font, challenging you to develop your own sense of style.
  • Creating Your Vector. You we will take your new hand-drawn font that you've sketched out and learn how to scan it in the computer and vectorize it.

What You'll Make

We will also talk about what the different styles of fonts are. You will see that even though there are thousands of other fonts out there, by finding your own unique style you will be able to create something that is one-of-a-kind. But most of all, I want my students to take away the realization that drawing should be fun. By the end of this class you'll walk away with a distinct font to create worlds with. 

More Information

This is an intermediate level class because basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator is required. What else you'll need: a good attitude, a sense of adventure, knowing how to hold a pencil.

Level: Intermediate

School: Design

Related Subjects: Typography, Adobe Illustrator, Hand Lettering, Font Design

At a Glance

  • 3 Video Lessons (31m)
  • 708 Students
  • 69% Positive Reviews (36)
  • Self-Paced Online Class

About the Teacher

Kyle Steed

Kyle Steed

Professional Doodler

I make my living doodling, whether it's giant murals on the side of buildings, icons for a web project or even designing my own custom fonts. I use everyday tools like pencils, pens an...

69% Positive Reviews

Leanne Kawahigashi

Leanne Kawahigashi

Graphic Design Intern at ThinkStripes

I bet this class would be a lot more beneficial had I not known anything at all about type or design. Kyle gives great practical tips and it's interesting to see how he creates his des...

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