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Brush Lettering A Beginners Guide || Free practise sheets .

teacher avatar Ritika Sridhar, Artist, Calligrapher

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11 Lessons (52m)



    • 4. ALPHABETS A - N

    • 5. ALPHABTES O - Z

    • 6. STYLING A - K

    • 7. STYLING L - Z



    • 10. BONUS LESSON


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About This Class

Interested in learning brush lettering skills AND learning how to Style them

This class is divided into two parts:

  1. Basics
  2. Styling

You'll Learn Brush Lettering:

  • Brush pen demo
  • Basic strokes 
  • Alphabets
  • Flourishing basics
  • Word formation and styling

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Class Resources:

  • Free Worksheet - Basics
  • Alphabets
  • Styling
  • Sentences
  • Blank sheet

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Ritika Sridhar

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1. ABOUT THE CLASS: I'm an artist calligrapher from Coimbatore, India. Welcome to my brush lettering course. This course is for complete beginners, where I'll be starting families crashed. Firstly, I'll be demonstrating the working of the few common brush pens. I will show how the tip of the brush pens work. It is not necessary for you to use the same brush pen that I'm using. You can use any of the brands that you have. Even if you don't have a brush pen, you can start it off with pencil. Following that, I will show and demonstrate all the basic strokes that are bigger now should drafters. In order to start with lettering. I have ensured that this class is broken down into categories so that every beginner can understand that easily. You can also download free practice sheets in the resource section. I have created a basic strokes and common mistake she'd colored by that you can get few other lettering sheets. You can download and print the sheets and practice it along with me. I will also be teaching the basic anatomy of each and every alphabet. After that, I have loved to eat how to style the alphabets. Following that will be seen how to form words and how to style them. At the end of the class, you'll be able to create beautiful and flourished words. So you can easily follow it along with me and fluxes, brush pen lettering. So don't wait for either jump into declares and learn the techniques of brush pen lettering. 2. BRUSH PENS DEMO: Hey, welcome to our next class. In the slides, I wonder demonstrated a few brush pens that I use regularly. So here r is Tombow Fudenosuke IV and the canon markers. And this is the Cambrian trash bin. So I will demonstrate how all these three pens work. So if you see Gamblin, the tip is little bit thinner when compared to k1. And it is also not asked for my Skadden bends so much and getting this notebook Bento match. So I demonstrate all these three. And then Fudenosuke E is a small dip pen. See, it doesn't even looks like a brush pen. So you can use this further, smaller or lettering. I'll demonstrate all these three now. This is Camden trash bin. You can see the dip is thin and also into larger. That is, it bends alarm is very flexible. You can get really broad tip. If you're going for an app store. To get a Qantas. Feel it is difficult when you do alphabets and words because it bends a lot and then you will get like this. Since the tip is very flexible, it's very difficult to get the thin strokes. It might be different for each and every one. So this is how we can blend brush pen works. The next one I'll show you is to get in mangers. It is abroad. It's not much flexible like the camera and one. So we show you the brushstrokes are not so much the collectors. And when you do an upstroke, intuitive, fine. Then you do this. I think it's very smooth and very good. I don't find any difficulty when I switch between ticks, talks and thin strokes. So this is how can an markers work and looks. And then is the Fudenosuke. As it's told you, this is a small British begin. And this is the thickest drove that you can get from the Fudenosuke. I have to zoom in for you. So let me do that enough. Then upstroke. So now I letter, I didn't show you few words. Let me show you what the campaign and brush pen Synthesis gambling. In the next one is to get in fresh markers. Show you how this works. This is for Katherine. 3. BASIC STROKES: Let's get started with the basics first, I will demonstrate all the strokes. It's very important that you practice these only then you'll have a strong fundamentals. So I have a guideline on my sheet. You will also have the same in the practice sheets that have given. So let's get started. So the first one is the downward stroke. It does not embark slanting line, just like this. It should be evenly Dick from the top to the bottom line. Even if you change the angle, it's fine but you have to give even pressure. Drop the length. I lose this one's again, hold the brush pen like this, a little slanting and a little away from the tip and lake the risk normal pens and put even pressure throughout the land. And whenever you practice these strokes, live event space so that you'll get used to weight and it'll be easy for you when you form letters and words. So once again, I'm doing this. It goes like this. Make sure to take care of the slant angle and depression. And the shape. If you were a big unites completely common to have shaky lines at the beginning. Initially, you might be disappointed by it, but once you start practicing, you will get from strokes. So see, your strokes might be rough like this. You might get uneven strokes. But you will have to understand that. You have to give even pressure. Okay? Once you're done practicing this, next, do you have to practice the same one like this without the slant? So this is it. You have to put even pressure without the slant Dang, it should be straight lines. Keep practicing this for a few lines of pages until you feel confident about these strokes. Next is the upward stroke. So for this you have to start from the bottom and reached till the dotted line. It has to be very thin. So again, I'm doing this even threshold. I mean very light pressure like this. First. Initially you might struggle with this, but with practice you can master Amy kind of stroke. So the next one is similar to this, but with a small team. So the starting of the stroke will be little curl, Laker, Big Mac. I'll do die. It goes like this. It looks like a big mark. So like this. So this is called the entry stroke. You might not be needing it a lot. But when you start an alphabet like this, if you haven't activate like this, you have to add this drop in trend of that. Just like this. Two, when you learn the basics, it is better for you to learn every single stroke. So practice this also. Let me Monte directions for that, for your reference. So this is the downward stroke. It goes down like this. And there's also the similar down-stroke where the starch and the dog deliberate. These two add up to a truck so it goes like this and like this. Next one is the overburden, which is a combination of both the thin and thick stroke. So at first, you have to start from the bottom, get a thin stroke followed by a smooth girl, and then downstroke. So again, start from a thin stroke, then the downward Dijkstra. So when you change the thin to thick stroke, it has to be released. So start from the bottom line, get an upward stroke and then a downward stroke. So always remember that upstroke has to be 1000, downstroke has to be thick. So next is the opposite of this, which is an undertone. You have to get an thick stroke first and then transfer it into a thin upward stroke. Just like this. Again, I'm doing this. So this is it. I am marking the direction. You can find all these directions and instructions in the practice sheets. The next one is the compound curve, which is a combination of Bodi about those. So first and over done this. And then forward via under done. So first the in stroke and then a thick downward through. Then again at thin upstroke. Oh, see this. It's just the combination of these two strokes. These two strokes combined together is the compound. So I will show you all the important strokes that we've seen so far. Thin upward stroke, downstroke. And then over done and done. Then the compound curve. Next is the entry stroke. Then the flat thick stroke. Without the slant angle. Moving on to the next stroke, which is the ascending loop. For this, start from the waistline with a thin upward stroke. And then go down to the boredom with the thick downward stroke. I'll do this again. So start like this and take it to the bottom mounted direction for this, it has to start from here. And then in like this, next is the descending loop. In this, you have to start from the middle line or down with the thick downward stroke and then the thin stroke. So just like this, practice until you get it very smooth and form downward stroke and then the thin upward stroke. Use this for definitely d and g and n. So practice all these. And then we'll move on to the next basic stroke, which is an oval. This is the most important one. Smooth start from here, then thick downward stroke. And then join letters. Make sure at the joint wind you don't get any double lines. Nine, it has to be released mood. Getting an oil rate would be really difficult. But keep practicing until you achieve this. Because most of the alphabet, so we'll be needing an oval. So this is most important one. Basic stores or complete. I will show you all data mining, one that we practiced in the sheet. So the ascending loop. The descending loop. Next D, or we'll practice this for many pages and many lines until you feel confident and strong about these. In addition to all this, you can also practice one more stroke that is like this. Like a triangular cap. Thin slanting upward stroke and a thick downward stroke. You can add this one also 2D vectors. So once you feel confident about all the strokes, you can move on to the alphabets, which I'll be teaching in the next lesson. 4. ALPHABETS A - N: Hi, thanks for jumping into the next class, which is the lower-case alphabet. I hope you have done practising all the basic strokes. Now, you can join with me and drag this data bits. So I'll start with the ears of it, which comes within 01. And then I'm done. Almost half an undertone like this. You will see me really the basic strokes a lot further. As a bit Sudan. It looks better. You have to make the basic strokes more flexible for making a comfortable and a good-looking alphabet. For B, I'll start with an ascending loop and then an opposite side it over like this. So you can also do it as a straight line. And like this, I call it big hurdles and not opposite side at all because you start in the opposite direction. Next for the C, it is an unfinished over like this. You can extend it a little bit and ZW then be reading all the basic strokes little. Next for the d Again, we have to start with the width like this. And then I'm going to start the ascending loop with a little bit of undertone. So here, e for the S starting with the ascending loop. And then I just have a correctors. Next again, an oval for the DG. So like this, followed by a descending loop. You can also extend it a little bit like this. So I'll mark all the directions that I'm done so far. The new drawing oval and then under the arm, make sure you leave a gap in between. You can observe that. And again here, you will have to identify the basic strokes individually. So here again, for this and ascending loop like this. And then the descending loop for the hedge, I will begin with an ascending loop. And then followed by a half compound curve like this. Then for an eye and have the entry stroke and then an underdog. Similarly, if you have n descending loop for the j with an extension. Next for decay, I will begin with the ascending loop. Then reversed over like this with this light radiation and an extension like this. For the end, it is an ascending loop mixed with $1000 like that. So for the M colitis with those landing overtones. Similarly, the end. If you have any difficulties in now forming these alphabets, you can always throw your questions in the discussion section. I will be there to help you with whatever kind of help you need. So I'm marking the directions where evidence the eye goes like this. You can see me using the injury strokes on liver ING. But wherever you think you need an entry stroke, you can use that. But make sure you're using the right strokes where to read it as needed. You have to easily identify the textbook. There should be a lot of differentiation between the two. Only then the lettering will look good and it will have a clear look. 5. ALPHABTES O - Z: So I'm continuing with the rest of the alphabet here. Next is the 0, which is nothing but a normal oval. And then for the b, I'm going to use a thick slanting line. If you want, you can use an entry stroke. So I'm using a directly and then an opposite sided oval like this. For the Q, it is an oval. And then a thick slanting line. Then I would like to have small collectors understand the direction. Understand that it should begin and very today differentiate the thin and thick strokes. So we have to start with an entry stroke like this, then a small loop. And then it is a half and underdone. So these are the directions. Similarly for the S start with an entry stroke and then a loop. And then a curve like this. Then for d, start with Dick, slanting stroke width then undertone. Moving on to the you to complete an add-on with the half and then the Wii with a sharp edge at the bottom like this. You can see all the alphabet or almost a combination of the basic strokes with a slight variation of it. So for the W undertones together, like this. Next, so the x reversed and finished all well. And then an unfinished over for the y and an add-on followed by an ascending, descending loop like this. Then we have the inset. It goes like this. 6. STYLING A - K: Hey everyone, hope you watched my previous classes and learned all the basic strokes as well as the alphabet. Now this class is to learn how to style the letters. So it's very easy. You can just try to style the letters with the help of the basic strokes with a slight modification itself. So now you see for the first alphabet, I extend the underturn a little. And for the second one, without joining the oval, I just extended it. And for the Darwin, I have started the open in front of the underdamped. So these are the various ways to style an alphabet with the basic strokes itself. So for this one, I have extended a look at the ending. So these are few examples for the waves to style and flourish the alphabet. I will be creating various styles for each alphabet. You can also sit and dry it along with me, or you can try your own style. So this one is anomaly and the previous one was a slight modification for the all. Without ending it properly. I have created a loop for that. Now for this, I created a slight variant of the first one. You can see the loops are a little bit loose. And for this, I have created a loop inside the ascending loop on the top. So like this, you can try and explore various loops. You can find various diets on the net and try to impose that in your lead dealings. So pure I will extend a little on the top. And this and make it thinner and taller. So for the next, I'm creating the loop at the top. So this is a regular d. And for the next, I'll be creating an extension on the tablet. This you can absorb all the radiations that I'm creating. So the key point that you have to note when you flourishes, I don't usually flourish at the start. Can I finish my alphabet mostly and then only do all the extensions. But when it has to begin in the alphabet, I do it first. You can see all the loops on the ascending these and be, I'll be doing at the end only. So for that, this video will be helpful for you so that you will know when to start flourishing and when do the wood and the end. So now you've seen me Philadelphian while the A's be with the ascending, descending loops and the entry strokes and everything. Now it's time for you to try the same thing and then create your own flourishing. So next will be a walk-through of me styling radius alphabets with different styles. So don't start flushing the alphabet straight away in the worksheets that I've provided, there are loops and goals that you have to practice. So practice those first separately. Leader cause only the loops I have brought today. Once you've wrapped the stack, then start flushing the alphabets. 7. STYLING L - Z: So this is kind of a more than m amusing bounce lettering. Bounds is nothing jumping off and on the line. So here I am on to adding an entry stroke to the n and also flourishing at the end with the loop. All what you can do is you have to differentiate only where it joins the venue begin and venue n. That is the point where you can flooded. So this is again a modern be where the oval is little bit lose. One more thing that you have to keep in mind when you flattish and Azerbaijan in a word or a sentence, you cannot flourish each and every alphabet in the world. It will be very congested and Ido not look good at all. So what you can do is either flooded should at the starting audit, the ending, just like with letters in each of the letters. You can see that I am only flourishing at the starting or at the ending. Similarly for a word, you can flooded should wait it begins or you can flourish where it ends. But at some point you can flourish even in the middle of a word. When you have a beds lake a, m, n, so that it will end down. You extend and have a loop, just like I had now in the x. If you have a descending loop like you can go ahead and style it in the middle of a word aspirin, but make sure it does, waiting even and it has a flushing look, dan, it looks congesting. In the next lesson, I'll show you how to flourish. 8. ABOUT THE FREE WORKSHEETS: In this class I'm going to talk about the practice sheets that I've provided for you. So I have all the basic strokes in here. I have the first one with full transparency, and then the next few will have less transparency so that you can practice about this. So you can have your freshmen and practice like this discipline example I showed you. You if you have and the blue created, you can also practice this in need iPad like this. If not, you can take printout of the sheets and play them out with your brush prints. I hold to mention the direction of the stroke so that you understand that better. So this will go like this. So I mentioned are the directions. And here as well, I have the rest of the basic strokes along with the direction that the numberings I have numbered it to that you will know where to start and late finish. And then I have she'd with common mistakes, I'll be listing out the common mistakes with all the basic strokes that usually beginner steps. So I have circled the mistake once and Ellen mentioned that in the sheets so that you'll know what to do and what not to do. Again, this is for the same. I'd also be mentioning about everything in this video. Then you'll have all the alphabet. If you want to practice these alphabets by JC, the doubt you can do it. You can dr, tracing sheet in about this and just let debt it over this. And then there'll be two sheets which describes the anatomy of the alphabet, which I'll be showing you now in detail. So I mentioned all live and a dummy, the direction and all the rules that you have to follow when drawing and writing an alphabet. Then you have the last two sheets, which is forming letters and styling them. This we are going to see now in detail. No, let me explain about the anatomy that I've mentioned in the worksheet with this factors sheet that I have done. So then you take the thick downstroke. It should be even from the top to the bottom. You shouldn't have any rough edges or an uneven stroke. And then for this one, you have to have thin upstroke and it should have the same angle as the rest of the lines. Densities. Check whether if this stuff Under done fits into an oval. Like this. Also this. Why is this necessary? Means it should have a proper shape. I've already told you BARDA, shape, angle, and pressure. So if you have a proper shape on D, Then your lettering will look good. So try to understand that almost every basic stroke or every lettering has to fit inside an old. And also these two lines has to be Padlet. Next again for this, you have to make sure that this fits inside an oval. And if your date and place them again here, you to also fit into the open. So moving on to the next one. Here again, there's a loop. So there you have to place overlays like this. You should form a small overlap at least. So see too that your lettering fits into this criteria so that it will look good. It is not a rule audit, is not the thing that did should be perfect like this, but I just tell you this because it should be neat and with the proper shape. And then an oval, which again, you know that you have to have the proper shape for it. So here onto the OVN should fit in here. You don't consider this part. Lake considered this. So you have an overview. This is what I'm talking about. Your lettering should have an anatomy and a shape. Now for the alphabets, same way for the basic stroke. If you're writing me, it should have an equal space over here. Or a proper or with, similarly for D. For b, since b is Sienna opposite side it over. I have like this. But you can also have a proper overload. So these are the slight modifications that you can do for your lead drinks. And then for here again, for g, you will have the same open for all four p for q. And then you can play as an oval for y here for a sec. And then similarly you have it foot t for t and a lengthy thing over four L. And again here, a lengthy one foot kick. I'm not talking about the length of the shape of the oval, but it should have equal space like this. I hope you understand what I'm talking about. C Similarly here as we have appropriate and even spacing. Next for these flattish, forbid, I have next for the sludge death a bit. I add all these scanned copies of these in the description of the resource section. I haven't added them, believe, factor sheets. So you will find this candle Wednesday. 9. FLOURISHING WORDS: Now let's talk about editing and then styling the lectures. When you have a single word. I'm going to write my word first. Make sure you follow the basic rules is basically the thick and thin strokes. So I have my basic word first. The next step is to analyze variable. You can study this. So usually you can style the letters where it is beginning, automated descending. So here I would like to style something like a capital C. But I find that that is a alphabet which is higher than this. So if i o, to make this higher, it won't look very good. To what I'm going to do is I'm going to start to see from people like this. So this is one option that we can do. If narc, the second one is I mentioned all the possible ways that you can stay. So first, this one, you can extend this like this, and then have your ceiling. If not, as we saw in the previous lessons, different styles of lettering. You can have a loop like this, but make sure it doesn't look like a C. So you can have this. Select that there are many possibilities for flooded Sheik for the next one it does hedge. So what I heard do is I again have something from here or do something here. So there are two possibilities that I'm taking off now. As I mentioned, those two pure starting from this say, and then having a loop here. For the hedge. Again, have the hedge like this style, this site. It is. You can do anything that you can have open along there. So this is one method. First, analyze ward at all the ways that you can do. So. Next, I don't want to flattish this because you know, if you style each and every alphabet and avoid it will be very consistent. So if you want, you can do this. You can flourish this one. I'll show you how you have your letter odd. We can arc flattish about it. Muddied stood where new ink here. You can do something like this. So you can extend it like this and just leave it. Or you can take a bed. And you can have this debt for flourishing. This will suit very well. Venue have letters after that alphabet and let us before that alphabet. So red, it doesn't matter. It will look very good for this. And I don't want to flattish, I guess I would like to flourish this so that the starting and the ending has a nice style for that. So I can add this edge or this edge to this. So let me show you the flooded lettering now For this, delete this. So this is how you have to style and letter menu to a brush pen calligraphy. So you might have seen me flourishing design. But if you're not that strong with Yoda basic strokes or if you're not having that flow, you will not get these things right. So you have to practice a lot and get the flow going only then you can flourish the alphabets like this. So in the practice sheet you can find the, this word and also another one. So you can also find many examples like this in the practice sheet. Final thing that I want to mention to you list all these flattish things should also have an epidemic. You might wonder what is the anatomy here, but I'll tell you now. See, this should form NO. And lake this. And this one's for women who are at the side of the open lattice. Similarly here as well. You can do must be able to form an orbit. So this is what I'm talking about. If you make sure that they are flattish in with fit into an oval, then it will have a proper and the demand of propulsion. 11. FINAL THOUGHTS: Hey guys, We have come to the end of the session. Hope you enjoyed learning and creating beautiful letters and flourishing them. Feel free to shy of practice works in the project section. And you can also check out my other courses. I've been teaching to other courses in skaters of five, which is Baldry, drawing course and realistic color up and sutra. Thanks for joining the class and medial zone in an antidote beautiful course.