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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)

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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!


Image: Erik Marinovch

304 of 306 students recommendSee All

One of the best classes on lettering I've seen. Erik covers it all. His commentary contain a vast amount of priceless info regarding typography. Cheers, Erik!
Randall Infuso

Graphic Designer

Last 3 videos were a bit slow, but the whole class was so helpful!
Great "step by step" class, very easy to follow. Highly recommended !





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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