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10 Lessons (1h 7m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. What is lettering

    • 4. Height of x

    • 5. Script letters

    • 6. Sketching

    • 7. Bounce

    • 8. Thick and thin

    • 9. Inking

    • 10. Thank you

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In this class I’m going to show you the basics to learning lettering in 5 simple steps, and some tricks so you can use to begin lettering like a pro. We are going to learn some basic rules and then we are going to create our first lettering art piece. You don’t need previous experience, all you need is time to sketch and curiosity to learn. You don’t need to worry about fancy expensive materials because all you’ll need is regular writing materials that you probably already have at home.

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1. Introduction: have you always admired lettering but think it's way too hard? Where are you eager to learn to draw letters but just don't know where to start? That's exactly what I thought a couple of years ago. Hi, my name is Maria, and I'm a graphic designer. Larry has been very useful to complement my work, but mostly I do it as a therapy. The process of drawing letters and sketching is very relaxing and enjoyable, and it can also be a good source of income. You can create personalized work for stationary or home decor items, among other things, because lettering is always on trend. I've been doing lettering. Problem was four years now, and I can't wait to share with you everything I've learned from this amazing art. Today I'm going to show you the basics to learning lettering in five simple steps and some tricks so you can use to begin lettering like a pro. We're going to learn some basic rules, and they were going to great our first lettering art piece. You don't need any previous experience. All you need is time to sketch and curiosity to learn. You don't need to worry about fancy expensive materials because all you'll need is regular writing materials that you probably already have at home for our project. We're going to go over our typical script letters that we usually hand right, but this time we're going to draw them, and not just right After some sketching, we're going to refine our letters by adding some lettering, character sticks that will add movement and boldness to your work. You will end up creating a beautiful professional lettering piece that will totally make you look like you've been doing lettering for years, so let's go ahead and start. 2. Materials: for the materials that we will use in this class. You don't need any fancy or expensive pens. I remember when I started doing lettering, the first thing I did was going by a lot of brush pens in all colors and shapes. But to be totally honest, I haven't really used them that much, especially because after some time I began doing lettering on the iPad. So I recommend that once you get the hang of practicing lettering, you congratulate. Start getting the tools according to your needs. So for today, all we need is regular computer paper, any type of pencil, an eraser, a black micron pin or any other similar Ben you might have at home some tracing paper and a ruler. So get your stuff ready and let's begin learning. 3. What is lettering: before we going to What is hand lettering? I want to show you some of the different styles of writing there Out there. I want you to think and see if these air hand lettering pieces or not. Here we have a computer created text. So is this a form of lettering? What do you think? No, because computer text, as you can see, is created with a typography that has a complete set off letters and numbers. They are created repetitive in his structure, which means that all the A's look exactly the same. All the bees and so on. They tried to have the same weight and size as they're based on perfection, which is a completely different concept from what is lettering. Handwriting is my handwriting. Ah, form of fluttering. No, First of all, when you write, you do it without carrying the size, the shape or the aesthetics, even the clearness. In communication, you just write it in a single pass without stopping to think about how it looks. For example, if you're writing notes or your grocery shopping list, you don't care of other people. Understand it as long as you do. For example, doctors have this terrible handwriting when they write prescriptions that I really think only people in the medicine area understand it as you can see my handwriting. Example, it looks terrible and has no consistency in size or structure. Let's go on to the next one. Is calligraphy lettering? No, Calligraphy is not considered lettering. It is a traditional style of writing that means beautiful writing. This is similar to handwriting because you write it in a single past with us few strokes as possible. But calligraphy is a technique that has some strict rules when it comes to down strokes and up strokes. You also use specific tools like calla graphic tips, pens and brushes and ink. You can also use these tools in hand lettering, but just following different rules. So what is hand lettering? Hand lettering is basically the art of drawing letters. They can be any shape size thickness as long as they're drawn with several strokes, which do not necessarily follow the fluidity of handwriting. They don't have to be repetitive like computer funds. Instead, the more variation and exaggeration you put on them, the more interesting they will look. You can use a variety of tools from pencils, pens, brushes, markers. You name it, but to draw them is you have to make sketches in great detail, just like a piece of art. You can experiment with ornaments that can be simple decorations added to your letters like thoughts, squares, lines. You can also have ligatures, which are a combination of two or more letters, flourishes or swash is that are additional strokes meant to help embellish your project. Script lettering is what we're going to focus on today to door project. It refers to drawing the letters in script form or based on your cursive handwriting. As you can see in the example, all the letters connect to each other, either from there beginning, stroke or and stroke. There are similar to handwriting, but they're much more well thought, structured and aesthetically pleasing. So why should we go through all the trouble off learning lettering when there are hundreds of computer funds which are similar to hand lettering? Here we have lobster font, created by Pablo in Pollari. This fund is beautiful. It has kind of an italic brush scripts style that is very clear and readable, but it is a great example of fund overuse. This fund was so popular around three years ago that you can see it everywhere they use it for websites, soft drink ads, book covers, magazine logos, etcetera. So what's wrong with it? It starts to lack authenticity in personality in his designs. It looks cold if I know I can use it for a cigarette at and also a baby diaper packaging. I know it lacks personality. Lettering with all its handmade imperfections, is what makes it unique and valuable. So now that we're clear on why we're so passionate about lettering, let's take the first step into lettering like a pro project. I want to think all right down three words that you would like to hand letter. It could be a name of a special person or a place. Maybe it's an emotion or just the word that means something to you. Later, you will pick one, the one you like better and finish it up. Now let's get deeper into the structure off letters 4. Height of x: in creating letters for the first time. There are some measurements that help us keep them well balanced and constant in size. As we draw, we're going to sketch these lines now. But later on, as you gain practice on drawing letters, these lines become basically invisible. Since you will be able to visualize them in your head every time you want to do lettering, the first line we need is where we will lay are letters or were old character sick? This is called the baseline. This line is straight and that will mark cause the position off our letters. From this line, we could start drawing them. As you can see, the letters go up a certain height to keep this high proportional on all letters, we need to draw a new line. This top line that measures the height off the lower case letters is called the median this distance between these two lines. It's also known as the height of X, But why used the X as the measurement? Because the X usually occupies an area like the one of the square where most lower case letters fit in. If you look closely at all letters they usually fit into one of these three basic shapes. We have a circle triangle and a square. So for the circle, we can make those the ace the ease, etcetera. For the triangle, we can make the V a capital a the Y etcetera. And for the square, we have the n, the r, the X, and so on. But also the circle can fit inside the square and the triangle to so the square or the X is the best way to measure the height. We can fit the A that e the oh, the u the S the see the are the V. There are thinner letters like the I or whiter ones like the M that do not fit into the X. But this is just an average measurement. The X height determines how tall are lower case letters are going to be. Then we need the Ascender line, which will determine how high are a senders are going to be. On a sender is a vertical stroke found on lower case letters that extends above the letters excite or the medium light letters like B D F H K L D All have a sender's Most commonly, the Ascender line is a little bit higher than the upper case high plane, but that is up to the creator of the letters. This could be our cap height light, which will measure how tall the capital letters will be from the baseline to the top of the letter so we can draw the cap height line. But we don't need it for this class, since we're focusing on using simple lower case letters. Next, we need a measurement for letters that have stems going down past the baseline. This line is called the dissenter Line. At the sender is a vertical stroke found on lower case letters that extends below the baseline. This line measures letters like G. J P que and why the proportion of these lines depend on what the radar wants to achieve. These measurements are especially used by creators for digital fonts. Digital text is based on perfection. Computer funds need to be able to be readable in long texts, documents, books, etcetera. So they have to respect these rules. Sticking to these measurements as much as possible. Here's an example of how old Vatican font is measured. As you can see it has the baseline, the medium, the cap pipe, the center line and the centerline. The same goes for the bottom example, which is the Gotham Font. As you can see, the bottom fund has more rounded spaces inside the letters. It's more extended. It seems to have dinner strokes. The Ascender line is a little bit higher than the cap hype. I have attached some pages with X height measurements drawn for you to use as you wish you could write directly on them or make photocopies or use tracing paper on top. To practice your letters, grab your X height measurement line paper and prepared to begin drawing our script lettering. 5. Script letters: in this video, we're going to practice our script letters as it sounds. Script lettering emerges from cursive handwriting, so we're going to go over all the letters and how they're written in cursive. This way we can warm up her hand and start recording the process on our brains. The more we practice our mind will be. Creating a memory on the lettering process will come naturally. He don't have to have a perfect beautiful handwriting. But just remember that we are not writing were drawing the letters. We want to try to draw them the best we can, so it's OK to take our time on each letter. We can erase and fix them as many times as we want until we feel comfortable with our work . Don't forget that all the letters should connect to each other either from the beginning, stroke or end stroke. So here I have my ex height measurement line paper to help me draw the letters with a more consistent structure, and I'm going to use some tracing paper on top to start drawing my letters. They started with the A remember to draw letter sitting on the baseline, and the median should determine my height off my all lower case letters. So for the I'm gonna draw circle and then a down stroke with an in stroke that could connect me to the next letter. Then, for the B, I could decide to make a stroke. Remember that the upstroke need to go up to my Ascender line, the enemy curve, and then I need my instructor connect into the explorer for the B. You can also make a loop, then make the B. That depends on your style, but in that case that the curved line needs to be a little lower than the median. I'll prefer to make my bees like this. There are some letters that have more variations and some that don't. For example, the sea is very basic when there's really no very issue that you can add to it. The D is very similar to the B. You can either just have a down stroke the ascender up to the Ascender, line four and have a look. You can have the bigger, smaller thinner that's up to you. That is another letter that is very simple. I can't really have any variations on the F I've seen that many people with very differently. This is my way of doing it. I usually start here on the baseline and I make a loop up to the center, and then I go down straight up to the descend er and I make another, and that is when I decided to make my and stroke, and I really like to make it from going up and curving down. But you can't just make it look or maybe just straight, but it definitely needs the instrument to connect. Let's go with the G. And in the case of the G, we need to remember that our don't drug her D sender has to go down to the city center line . Same for the G. You can have an end struck that goes really up, or one that just go straight for one that goes down and your core planes can be very thin or they could be very, very round. Whichever you prefer, The age could be just a stroke. You know, Kurt, mind that goes up to the median, or you could also make a loop. But remember that the current line has to be a little lower or else it just it looks funny . Look, if I make the car up here, it looks kind of funny. The eye is another simple letter. Not really have many variations. Let's do the G. Sorry, the J on the Jake and have a fine or it can have a thought. And also your loop can be really big. Or it could just be really Spong the case. Another letter that you can have a lot of variations. For example, you just make a stroke, have a blue, it goes up to the median and then the in stroke. You can also have a loop on the instruct for a more simplified case that is also very used . Just I'm a stroke up. The other one is just longer and he goes up. The l could be just a stroke down where it can also be in duel, and you can also make it. It's really big, like huge that is also help. The end could be just a stroke and to earth lines, but I really liked on the end because it has a lot of variations. You can also have a loop and the perps trucks that coat up to the media and you can also have, like, a little variation here from the end follows the same. It could be just a curve poet and half of the you can be really tight or it could be more extended. And then we're gonna go ahead and do the oh, uh oh, you can make it very round. And it's like up preschool. Oh, then you could make it just a little sinner. Just close it there and make the end struck. Or you can exaggerate a little more. Just make a big loop on top. Off this down stroke. It all just depends. One which one you like that the peak and have a loop. And then the curve stroke on the enstrom that goes up or you can just have a stroke. Simple stroke on the instrument. You can also have this little loop or, if you don't really like loops, you can just make que is basically the opposite of the P E. You could make it like that. You could make it with a line where this is how I like to make it. I just like to make a little look there or without the look. This is a one prefer and then the are can be very simple. Are you gonna have some loops? You cannot loop at the beginning where you can out of the on the the S and have a little loop on top. I'm not a little loop on the bottom where you can mix it. You can start with curve, make a little top and make a huge group on the bottom. Or you could make both big loops. You can, but I think that's a little less readable. It could be just a stroke. You can make a straight line. Or, if you like more Kirby style, you could make a curve thing Well, where you can make it also with a loop. The U. S. Very simple. And it's basically just like that for the V. It could be very simple. They could make a little fancy and make this little loop just a little bit below the median line. The W. It could also mean like this or like this, the picks. He's very basic, the way I can have a big move in the bottom. We're just a small one, and Z can be like this or like this. That is how I usually make it. And that would be all. Third, you off how script letters are made. I'm attaching a pdf document called letter construction and you can see here where I specify all the letters and how they're constructed with the directions of the strokes and the curse in red. And this could serve you as, ah, reference for where you are creating your letters. Now we're going to do step number two off lettering like a growth we're going to bring out are three words that we thought off at the beginning of the course. And I thought of these three words. Number one is wonderful. Number two's letters. The number three is think because I really like pink and I'm gonna go ahead and grab another piece of tracing paper because I still need my ex height measurements. Help me and I will try writing my three words and then decide which one looks better. Which one inspires me the most so I can keep working on it further. So the 1st 1 is wonderful. So I'm just gonna right like we did on the previous video, just basic basic letters. For example, I'm gonna write w the O try to always keep the same space in between the letters. One the This is just our first sketch. So don't worry about making or effect. We just want to see how the world looks. One juror. Well, so let's do the next one. I want to see how me drawing word letter six. So going to draw the l with a loop later on, I'm gonna the site whether the loop is gonna get bigger, we're smaller. It's really hard when you have two of the same letters because you have to do, like an extra variation, so it doesn't look so double. So that s how letter looks. And no, I'm gonna try writing. I think wonderful is the one I like better because since it's a longer word, I could play with it more, and I also like the meaning of it. I can see it as a finished Waller piece. Now that I have my word picked that will re dried as many times as I want until I feel satisfied with it. 6. Sketching: Now we will begin the process off refining our word. I have traced my chosen word into a new paper so I can have all the space depended it. And looking at me word, for example. Ah, I can try during the d just with a stroke without the loop. Let's try that with the l two. You can, um, redraw your word as many times as you want in the process of picking the one that suits you best and practicing. This is good practice. My end stays the same, I guess. And I'm gonna try the d with just a stroke. Not really found too many loops, but only some that are very accentuated. Just gonna make a stroke for the l e Think think I like that the better, but not the l A B l needs the loop. So I'm gonna read. Write again. Can actually add a loop here on the W. - I think it looks better. Um, now I really liked to make the old like this, so maybe I can try moving this down. And I also want to make this bigger. You can also write numbers next to the ones you do so you can have a reference off process , and I'm gonna try again. And I have space to make my own with big boob. Yes, When I make the are with bigger loop, I think that one is It's looking much better. Um, maybe one of six this barn a little bit. And the f it looks kind of like flaky. So one show one more time because the more you try, the more you draw. It's gonna come up much better. Gonna try writing the word one. What time I'm gonna try to correct the spacing. I think, for example, here the spacing between the two letters is too small. I'm going to try and make it equal. That would be my try number five. And I think I'm pretty satisfied with how it came out. We are going to be adding more more things. So for now, with the basic letters written and script, I think this is a point where we want to get right now. On the next video, I will show you some tricks to make your word look less static. We're gonna add some batch to it. 7. Bounce: Now that we have our word picked out, we're going to start step number three off lettering like a pro. We're going to add some bounce. So what is bounced Lettering? It's exactly what it sounds. Lettering that looks bouncy instead of all rigid in one line. This whole time that we practised our letters. We have been seeking to the height off X measurements to keep our letters consistent and beautiful. But what if I told you that they could look better disobeying to these measurements? It all depends on what you like, what you're trying to achieve in your heart. So what can we do to begin with our balance? Your as you can see the letter construction, pdf file that I've attached, You can see that I've specified the direction off how each letter is constructed. So our first tip on adding bounce is to exaggerate these strokes. We can exaggerate the stroke, circle up. We can exaggerate the strokes that go down. So I've added another attachment which is called pounds. And this is like a guide for you to see which strokes can be exaggerated and in what direction, for example, the A that has a down stroke, we can make it further down. And for the B. Since the struggles up, we can make it further up. And as you can see, each letter has a different bounce to it. And we can mix these letters with the bounce to make a more dynamic word and letter. So that's what we're gonna do right now, for then I try to add bows to our word. So this is my number five sketch, that gun for wonderful. The word that I picked and I'm gonna start studying it so I can see where I can add some batch to now we're gonna start adding balance to our word letter by letter. And we can still use our X height measurements because they're gonna help us in guiding. How far from the measurements are strokes are gonna go. So I have here in my face and paper, son, if it looks a little couple trying to recycle it, are you raising? And I have my sketches. My first catches off my word. Wonderful. The word I picked on the X height measurements. So I'm gonna try to fit in one of these excite measure ments. My word on that. I'm gonna put the tracing paper on thought because I'm gonna work with this with this first sketch leaving. So I'm gonna use my machine. My God, she on how I can add some batch. So, for example, on the w here, the stroke and be exaggerated going up. But that actually doesn't work for me because I like my old to be bigger loop. So I'm gonna keep my w the same height I have. The old can actually go a little higher up, so I'm gonna do that. So let's let's start so in my Oh, when I do the curve, I'm gonna go a little higher up there. My end. It's going to start the same. It all my down stroke. I'm gonna go way down up to my the center line. You don't have to always do it up to did the center line. But this is this is just a line that will guide me right now. If you want, you can make another line, maybe a little higher. Maybe like in the middle, off the baseline on the dissenter light. Well, maybe go a little lower, but that's up to you. right now, since this is lying, I have. That's the one I'm going to use. My day is actually gonna be exactly the same because I don't want that the same bounce stroke down because it's gonna repeat. They're too close together. So I'm just gonna keep my d the same also, my e and then my are I can add these this bounce down then my and then actually my f I'm going to try to make it a little higher, just like the old to see how it looks. So exaggerate my upstroke like to hear and I'm not exaggerate the U then my allergist, you will stay the same for not so. As you can see, we have a little more movement here. But I don't like this because, like I said, it's just like repetition. So I'm not gonna add the down stroke to the are only to the end and to the U Yeah, what can we do with the W right here on my guide, I have the upstroke that could be exaggerated, but I have to do curved here to curse that have the same Hi. So what can I do? I can actually add some bounce here, too, because I can keep this one the same size, and I can add bounce to the next one by going more. We're going lower. Some didn't try it. So remember, you have to You have to fit it into the excite. Okay, here we go. Then. Stop. One a little higher. Okay. Okay. So the 1st 1 is gonna be the same, but the next one, I'm gonna go down. And that breaks the repetition. My oh is gonna go up and my end is gonna have the axe entreated down stroke The D stays the same. What about the e? Can I, like, try to make it a little higher up? Let's just try it. See how it looks. The R will stay the same. And we added the the upstroke accent treated and the U then let you know I'm starting to like it better. As you can see, Here's one more step to the bowels. I really like the double you because no, it breaks with the repetition off the bottom corpse. What else can we do right now? We've used this guide, but there's something else you can do. We can actually make the loose a little figure just in this world. Wonderful. We only have What? How Maney Three loops I can try to make This 1 may be a little bigger. And I want to make maybe the f I want to make the loop much bigger on the bottom one. A little smaller. So then there's a contrast in sizes, so I'm gonna try. You can also work on top of this one, if you like. I can just grab another piece of tracing paper you can work on The last time you did, so you don't get confused. So I'm gonna remove this one. We're gonna work on the last sketched that we've done with the bounce Just to add a little more about We're gonna make the curves a little more grounders and bigger So we remember that to double you the 1st 1 is normal And then the other one is exaggerated Down my own goes a little higher up in my end goes down Sorry, I'm gonna keep my either things It's the same size for now And I'm gonna make my are a little bigger because I wanna make my curves more pronounced too. In my f this top. Look, I'm gonna make a bigger and I'm gonna try to make the bottom one smaller something. There's a contrast in size and that will create more violence. So I'm gonna make this really big, This one really small. And I don't know, I'm kind of not liking this since two. High up, maybe, although the opposite. Maybe I'll just gold to here. And I'm gonna make this stroke of the huge start up here. So I'm going to start on the same faces always. But the 2nd 1 I'm gonna make you go up higher enough. That's too high, Bubblicious. Try it. And I want to keep my elder saying because I don't want to repeat with the F. So here I'm liking, like in it up to here. I actually would like to switch this. I'm gonna make this. I'm gonna switch. I'm gonna make the oh, go up to here and I'm gonna make some upper curve go up to here. So then this repetition of heights brakes. So then this one of the no higher And I don't like this you because it just goes way too high. I think I'm gonna maybe remove this just a little higher and I'm gonna make this up to here , and then I can break the height repetition here with the L because they're both the same height right now. And what we need is bounce. We want to go up and down, up and down. You know, that's what the bounces, all of our up and down and also So I'm going to raise this going to make it just you raise this, gonna try to make this f the loop of middle just a little bit higher. So it breaks with the repetition with the are the same for the D. Maybe try to make it a little higher. And I have this one that I could make it a little higher. Maybe I'm going crazy with this, but let's just try it one more time, so I'm gonna switch, decreasing paper order on going to make it get into one of the excite measurements. You know, I'm going to try and get so this line, I'm gonna make it up to the the centre long, so this is gonna go normal, but it's gonna go up to the Ascender it's gonna go down to the decent now all strokes and at different heights, which is pretty cool. Like I said, I don't want this because it's it's too high up. I've brother make the curse, go high up and go down. So that's why I like the end and the M a lot because they have so many curves and they can actually do a lot off bounds. Media is kind of boring right now, but I'm gonna try to make the upstroke a little higher tended the center line. Now we have the are when the f needs to be like the fattest one of them all there. Remember, this is all about exaggeration, so don't be afraid of it. This is just trying and experimenting with the letters here. I want to show you our results with the word wonderful without bounds with bath. So as you can see throughout the process, it has changed the lock. And as you can see, we have, like a very static line here off heights both up and down. And when we to bounce, we can see how the words jump from here to here. Here they just jump and that's what makes it much more dynamic and the same on the top. Because we varied the heights on the top to this one goes higher than it goes lower than higher, lower, higher, again, lower. So the ward has changed a lot, and it definitely looks more attractive. On the next video, we will add one more property toe are lettering piece and put it in ink to create our finished piece. 8. Thick and thin: we're going to start step number five off lettering like a broke, and I will show you another characteristic of lettering, which are the fix on the things or brush lettering usually in calligraphy are they use special tools and the tools are slanted. So whenever the tool goes down, it will make a really huge stroke. And when it goes up, it makes a relief in struck on. You could also do that with brush lettering. Here I have Hey, brushed it my car. So whenever I go down and I add pressure to it, the stroke is gonna be really bold. And when I go up, that stroke will be really fit. What else is this? Is the beginners lettering class. I don't want to get really into the brush lettering, but I do. I want to show you another guy that I've attached free, which explains which are the down strokes in each letter and which are the UPS trucks. So here that down strokes are in red and they should be thicker on the up strokes stay thinner. So there is another way that we can do this without using a brush. It's called full lettering which is literally fake lettering or false lettering. But they call it faux lettering, and this is just an easy way to make acceptance. So that's why I have included the guy on this is what we're gonna do on her next step. We're gonna add this wonderful characters sick to our lettering, and our lettering is gonna look like we did it with a brush. And we added some vows, so it's going to look very professional. So, for example, I'm gonna be using my guide and it w the W starts with a down stroke, right? So I'm gonna make it thick. Then it goes up and then it goes down again. So this one think again. I'm gonna try to make the thickness the same on all strokes. I can make this a little thicker because it's a small stroke that goes down. Uh oh is also going down on the first stroke. Then it goes up and I'm gonna keep this thin because if I make it thick right now, here it's gonna be just too bulky. He end starts down, so it's gonna have a thick. Then he goes thin and here it goes down And then it goes up. Lefty, As you can see, it starts up and then it goes down. So this is the just try to make thickness is all the same when all letters and be careful with the spaces between letters that could be fixed on our next sketch. This one is thick and this one is thing and that he it's thicker. Here on the down stroke, it goes up, the are are we know goes up and then it goes down on the same It goes down here so we make it sick, The f goes and they goes down again. I can just exit like this and then it goes up again on the U needs to have stroke down thin , and then it struck again When it goes down, Uh, yeah, we'll have a thick stroke and it will end, and now is to shave this in tracing paper. It's gonna get really messy because all the pencils case much too. So we just shade in. Although spaces to make thick down strokes as everywhere. She Sorry. After we were using a brush friend, we have some nice fix trucks that go down. You can totally thick brush letter because getting used to drawing with the brushes is pretty hard at the beginning. Remember to apply pressure and then not apply when you go up, take some time. But this fixes issue. No. We're gonna trace it again because it's it's all dirty and smush much. And, um, as you can see, it looks so much better for impactful or eye catching. And on the next video, we're gonna put this on clean white paper, and we're gonna think it to finish it up. 9. Inking: and we're finally on step number five off, littered in like a pro. And this final step is our thinking process. We're going to transfer our final sketch of tracing paper to our final drawing material. It could be just a blank piece of paper. Or maybe just like a postcard size paper. Whatever you want, just try to keep that in mind. For now. We're going to transfer this on the way we're gonna do. It is very traditional. We're going to redraw this word on the other side of the tracing paper and we can use some masking tape. We're just gonna get them asking on these top sides so we can be able to lift up a friend. Check if all the lines have been transferred. But first, we're just gonna copy the same word on the other side. If you can see if you left your paper up and you can see better which lines have been traced in which happened, we're gonna try to go over the same exact lines. And if you miss a line, you can just just retrace it over. Just make sure you do it in order because it's very hard to see if you have a light box. That would work also where you can glue this under your window and you can also trace it. But I think this method works fine. I'm there. I think I think I got all my lines. Check as you can see, it also traced on the other side. And was, we have this. You can remove masking. Now I have a word ready to be transferred. And I actually found this small weight postcard size hard. I want to trace always if it fits first. Yes. So I wanna I want to transfer the word into here. It's like and have some masking tape. And I'm gonna try to put this exactly in the middle, having the same space here as I have here. So I think that books okay, on the same thing appear the same space I have done here. You can also measure it with rulers if you wanted to be perfect. So I think there is pretty Okay, so I'm gonna buy war masking tape and glue the tracing paper on top of my card, and we're gonna go ahead and redraw this with pencil one last time We're gonna try to do this in order. Very careful. You so lines match because the last you may care those air the lines that are gonna be transferred you can also left your paper. Check which lines have been transferred because it's hard to see which ones you've done. Which ones you haven't e c and done there. I have my word. I think it's positioned in the middle and we can remove this masking. Think too. And we are ready to add some ink. I'm gonna grab my my chrome, and I'm gonna carefully go through all the letters. You can also rotate your paper if you need to trace a specific line. If that works better for you and we're done, we're gonna fill it in. But first, I wanted to dry a little bit so we can erase all the pencil marks on our last. The last thing we have to do is shade these in. So for example, this one I can fix it a little bit because it's a little a little skinny here on the bottom , So I'm gonna try to make a lead. What? So I'm gonna show you right now? Another advantage of doing the fake lettering, which is that I don't have to fill these papers all black. I can do designs on them. I'm sure you've seen it. For example, here, on the whole, I want to do, like, kind of horizontal quirky here. So let's more playful. And on the end, I want to do straight vertical lines or I want to put some thoughts in it. Maybe your word is like circus or clown so needs to have a lot of color. And a lot of playfulness just depends on your creativity. I'm actually just gonna feel the sudden on black because I want my word to have a lot of contrasts with the white paper. You can see it's a very simple brought it. Just fill it in. Or you can make more detailed designs inside each letter. Just try to keep your shading inside of the lines, and we are done on, like, thinking process. Don't forget to label your work. This could be something like a little card. You can gift somebody, and I'm gonna label my work here, and we've finalized her project 10. Thank you: thank you for rolling in this class. I hope you learned a lot and got inspired to do more lettering work. I can't wait to see your projects, so please don't forget to post them in the project section of the class. All other students can see them and you can have the advantage of getting feedback from them and from me, A swell. Also, if you would add content to your instagram, feel free to attack me at Maria Types letters. If you have any questions or comments, please post them on the discussion section and I will respond them as soon as I can. All of the pdf guide sheets are available for download on The resource is section. You can follow me on Instagram at Maria Types letters for more updates. 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