A Comprehensive Guide to Hand Lettering: Creating Graphic and Script Styles | Erik Marinovich | Skillshare

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

Erik Marinovich, Co-founder of Friends of Type

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16 Videos (1h 54m)
    • Introduction

      1:50
    • Seeking Inspiration

      3:54
    • Using References

      9:25
    • Materials

      7:31
    • Practicing Lettering Strokes

      3:58
    • Practicing Sans Serif

      11:45
    • Practicing Casual Script

      12:14
    • Laying Out a Composition

      10:58
    • Transferring the Composition

      4:59
    • Using a Broad Nib

      8:44
    • Using a Broad Nib (Part 2)

      8:17
    • Types of Shading

      3:37
    • Applying Shading and Touching Up

      8:55
    • Applying the Address

      11:14
    • Applying the Address (Part 2)

      5:58
    • Explore Design on Skillshare

      0:37
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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!

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I really enjoyed your class. I thought you spent way too many videos on the one envelope,but I thoroughly learned a lot from you. I enjoy your designs very much.
five star class
A great run through of process, inspiration and materials. Well thought out and structured. Loved this class!

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Erik Marinovich

Co-founder of Friends of Type

Erik Marinovich is a San Francisco based lettering artist and designer, and is a co-founder of Friends of Type. Since 2009 he has drawn letters, logos and type for nice folks like: Nike, Target, Google, Hilton, Facebook, Sonos, Sharpie, The Criterion Collection, Air Canada, Gap, Ford Motor Company. In 2012 he co-founded Title Case, a creative work space that conducts workshops and lectures. Between client work, teaching and side-projects, you’ll f...

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