Calligraphy Fundamentals: Letterforms and Flourishing with Seb Lester | Seb Lester | Skillshare

Calligraphy Fundamentals: Letterforms and Flourishing with Seb Lester

Seb Lester, Calligrapher & Designer

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15 Videos (1h 34m)
    • Introduction

      2:15
    • Getting Started & Materials

      7:47
    • Understanding Proportions

      4:49
    • Holding the Broad Nib Pen

      3:58
    • Warm-Up Exercises

      7:53
    • Lowercase Letterforms: Part 1

      9:47
    • Lowercase Letterforms: Part 2

      9:48
    • Writing Words

      8:46
    • Capital Letterforms

      12:15
    • Flourishing Techniques

      10:15
    • Assignment: Writing Your Name

      5:20
    • Final Thoughts

      1:46
    • Bonus: Behind-the-Scenes with Seb

      2:59
    • Bonus: Seb's Favorite Tools

      6:11
    • More Creative Classes on Skillshare

      0:37
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About This Class

You've seen his calligraphy videos on Instagram—now it's time to pick up your pen!

Go behind-the-scenes with world-renowned calligraphy icon Seb Lester in this beautiful and in-depth masterclass, only available on Skillshare. Perfect for beginners and professionals alike, you'll learn to create perfect italic letterforms with a broad nib pen, and finish the class with an elegant and polished piece of writing you can truly call your own.

Lessons include everything you need for an inspiring and comprehensive learning experience, including close-up demonstration, step-by-step walkthroughs, and an exclusive printable workbook.

From tiny pen manipulations to careful considerations for proportion and spacing, no detail has been left unturned in this methodical introduction to pen and ink. Key lessons include:

  • Essential strokes for consistent letterforms
  • How to hold and manipulate your pen
  • Detailed walkthroughs of lower and uppercase letters
  • Flourishing techniques for beginners

Calligraphy is an ancient and magical art that has found a new life in the digital era. Through social media and the resurgence of hand lettering, it's never been more popular.

Use these lessons, resources, and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage to stretch your creativity, revolutionize your craft, and unlock new perspectives on beautiful art. Whether you're looking for a place to begin—or are simply curious to see a master at work—this is a class for you.

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I've done Calligraphy for years, although certainly not at Seb Lester's level. There's a lot more to this craft than meets the eye, and I've learned more in this class than I have in the dozens of books I've studied.
Excellent teacher - he's so thoughtful in preparing content and in how he presents it. Hope he teaches more!
I only knew how ink blackletter and now I'm a fan of all hand lettering styles and how they can work together.

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Seb Lester

Calligrapher & Designer

Seb trained in Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins in London. He now works in Lewes in East Sussex as an artist and designer.

He has developed logos and type illustrations for some of the world’s biggest companies, publications and events, including the likes of NASA, Apple, Nike, Intel, The New York Times, The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and JD Salinger’s final reissue of The Catcher in the Rye. 

Previously a Senior Type Designer at Monotype for nine ye...

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