I've been lettering for years, working on all sorts of projects from Wes Anderson movies to Dave Eggers book covers. For every lettering project, the basic unit is the same: a single letter.
In this self-paced class, I'll teach you my process, starting with that crucial unit: a simple and beautiful single letter in the form of a drop cap. A drop cap is the large letter that starts a chapter in a book, an artform found in manuscripts dating back 2,000 years.
What You'll Learn
I'll teach you my lettering process along with plenty of the tips and tricks I've acquired over the years. We'll cover:
What You'll Do
Building off Daily Drop Cap—a project I started in September of 2009, in which I illustrated a decorative letter every day (or at least every work day)—you'll design a drop cap of your own, inspired by your favorite book.
Daily Drop Cap Project x Penguin Books
Building on my work with the Daily Drop Cap project, I'm now working with Penguin Books on Penguin Drop Caps, a series of twenty-six collectible hardcover editions of fine works of literature, each featuring (on its cover) a specially commissioned illustrated letter of the alphabet by yours truly!
A collaboration between myself and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, whose series design encompasses a rainbow-hued spectrum across all twenty-six books, Penguin Drop Caps debuted with an 'A' for Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, a 'B' for Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, and a 'C' for Willa Cather's My Ántonia. It continues on with more perennial classics from Penguin.
Create a drop cap letterform for your favorite book
Jessica Hische is a letterer, illustrator, and self-described "avid internetter." After graduating with a degree in Graphic and Interactive Design from Tyler School of Art, she worked ...
I loved this class. Jess is awesome and super tallented.