A Comprehensive Guide to Hand Lettering: Creating Graphic and Script Styles

Erik Marinovich, Co-founder of Friends of Type

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15 Videos (1h 53m)
    • Introduction

    • Seeking Inspiration

    • Using References

    • Materials

    • Practicing Lettering Strokes

    • Practicing Sans Serif

    • Practicing Casual Script

    • Laying Out a Composition

    • Transferring the Composition

    • Using a Broad Nib

    • Using a Broad Nib (Part 2)

    • Types of Shading

    • Applying Shading and Touching Up

    • Applying the Address

    • Applying the Address (Part 2)


About This Class

Want to learn hand lettering? Join acclaimed designer Erik Marinvoch to learn a step-by-step process for crafting graphic, hand-lettered envelopes — and tons of lettering basics along the way!

Erik is a letterist and designer based in San Francisco, co-founder of Friends of Type, and co-founder of Title Case, a lettering and design studio with fellow letterer Jessica Hische. This class is inspired by his own personal side project Do Not Open, which mails uniquely hand-lettered oversized envelopes all over the world.

This class covers nearly 2 hours of lesson material (!) broken into bite-sized lesson. You'll explore:

  • Real-world reference material, taking inspiration from street signs
  • Materials and tools of the trade
  • Lettering stroke basics
  • Two lettering styles: condensed sans serif and casual script
  • Layout and composition
  • Shading, shadowing, outlining, and final touches

You'll love sketching a friend's address and creating an oversized, stunning envelope of your own!

Ready to get lettering? It’s time to close your laptop, break out your tools, and expertly draw letters with style!


Image: Erik Marinovch

225 of 227 students recommendSee All

Awesome class! Enjoyed learning how to decorate envelopes, as I've always wondered how to make envelopes more appealing with lettering!
It's very informative, but also not very long. You can easily watch these videos sped up 2x if you just want to pick up a few good techniques and references for your future projects.
It's the best part of Skillshare being able to learn from the best. Highly recommendable!





Erik Marinovich

Co-founder of Friends of Type

Erik Marinovich is a letterist and designer based in San Francisco. He is a co-founder of Friends of Type and has worked for clients such as New York Times, New York Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Atlantic Monthly, Wired, Metropolis magazine, GAP, Lincoln Motor Company, Nike; while also freelancing for various studios such as: Landor, Brand Union, Greatworks, Anomaly in New York. He was named Letter Cult’s Person of the Year 2011 and in 2012 co-founded Title Case, a lettering and design studio with fellow letterer Jessica Hische.