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9 Videos (58m)
    • Overview

      0:58
    • Brush Pens and Practice Guides

      3:48
    • A-D

      9:09
    • E-J

      7:07
    • K-Q

      8:56
    • R-Z

      9:08
    • Creating Words

      10:22
    • Bounce!

      7:48
    • Project Time!

      0:42
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About This Class

Brush Lettering: Alphabet Basics is a great resource for learning to build letters with brush pens. Before you know it, you'll be up and running, creating a balanced, dimensional alphabet!

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Alphabet Basics will take you through a tutorial on a few ways to create each letter of the alphabet. The focus in this class is on lowercase letters. After discovering the basic strokes of brush pens, this class will guide you through how those strokes apply in each letter's creation.

There are a few brush pens that I recommend to get started (you only need one):

Kuretake Pocket Brush Pen - Works best for very small lettering
Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip - Works best for small to medium lettering
Tombow Fudenosuke Soft Tip - Works best for small to medium lettering
Pentel Touch Sign Pen - Works best for medium lettering

Each of these brush pens will be sufficient for the same lettering size that we will be using, but will vary in thickness. You can find my brush review here.

For additional practice, I offer practice sheets that cover ten different lettering styles for both lowercase and uppercase letters here.

This class is a branch off of 4 Easy Steps to Modern Calligraphy and Brush Lettering: The Beginner's Guide. If you are brand new to brush lettering, I recommend enrolling in those first two classes to get you prepped for brush lettering the alphabet.

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This was a fantastic introduction to creating letters, and I've learned so much even in the short time of taking this course. Peggy's courses really teach you the anatomy of a letterform which is sorely needed. When I first started out I could understand the basics, but definitely felt like I was just doing a glorified trace session. Understanding the principles of consistency, spacing between letters, etc is helping quite a bit. I feel a lot more confident in my lettering and excited to practice more.
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I've been binge watching Skillshare for a few months now and Peggy's classes are amongst some of the most professional, easy to follow, and fun classes on the site. Peggy's full of tips and tricks and spends a great deal of time actually breaking down her techniques. Her classes are not simply "watch me do this and then copy," she explains what she is actually doing and gives so many practical tools along the way. Highly recommend any of Peggy's classes!

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Peggy Dean

The Pigeon Letters | Lettering & Illustration


Hey hey! I'm Peggy. I'm native to the Pacific Northwest and I love all things creative. From a young age I was dipping everything I could into the arts. I've dabbled in quite an abundance of varieties, such as ballet, fire dancing, crafting, graphic design, traditional calligraphy, hand lettering, painting with acrylics and watercolors, illustrating, creative writing, jazz, you name it. If it's something involving being artistic, I've probably cycled through it a time or two (or 700).

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