Drawing Creative Letters: An Introduction to Lettering for Beginners | Lesley Zellers | Skillshare

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Drawing Creative Letters: An Introduction to Lettering for Beginners

teacher avatar Lesley Zellers, artist / designer / letterer

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Choose A Word

    • 3. Tools

    • 4. Letter Basics and Warm Up

    • 5. Brainstorm

    • 6. Research

    • 7. Draw Thumbnails

    • 8. Sketch Your Letter

    • 9. Ink In Your Letter

    • 10. Final Thoughts and Thank You

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About This Class

Learn how to draw fun and unique letters in this beginners intro to lettering class with a simple project - draw one letter in a creative way. No experience or art background is needed for this class as it is geared toward the absolute beginner and would even be great for older kids.

Join artist and letterer, Lesley Zellers, as she walks you through her personal creative process as she shares terminology, techniques and tips to give you a basic understanding and confidence to start lettering today!

In this class you will learn

  • basic letter terminology
  • brainstorming and research methods to give your letter meaning
  • how to sketch a single letter in several creative ways
  • how to complete your first hand drawn letter form

Once you complete this class, you'll have a beautiful letter and a solid foundation to begin your lettering journey. Draw an entire alphabet, create posters, gifts, the possibilities are endless!

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Lesley Zellers

artist / designer / letterer


Hey, I'm Lesley. I've been drawing since I could hold a crayon and haven't stopped!

After taking every possible art class in high school, I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Oklahoma State University. After that, I landed a job at a design firm in Bartlesville, Oklahoma where I was able to work on everything from logos to books to political campaigns and everything in between.

After marrying my high school sweetheart I moved back home to Tulsa, OK where I worked as a designer and then senior designer before deciding to grow my family and stay home to raise my kids. I continue designing and creating through my shop, recipe for crazy, where I make stationary goods, prints and more.

Check out my shop: recipe for crazy

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1. Introduction: E. My name is Leslie. I am a graphic designer artist letter from Tulsa, Oklahoma. People often tell me that they would love torn lettering. But for someone that doesn't have no background in art or design, drawing entire phrase or even just a word can seem intimidating. That's why I created this class drawing creative letters, an introduction. The lettering for beginners is, of course, I designed for an absolute beginner. I created it with the simplest project. I could think of drawing one letter in a creative way. So join me in this class as we learned the basics of lettering, all walking through my creative process, from idea to brainstorming, research, thumbnails, sketching and, in the end, that will have one letter drawn in a fun and creative way. If you want to learn lettering but don't know where to start, this is class for you. So enroll now to get started on your letter 2. Choose A Word: the goal of this glasses to draw one letter and creative way. So the first step is choosing your letter or word that you want that letter to represent. For example, C is for cat. J is for jellyfish s is for sneaker. So try to choose a word that has meaning to it or that special to you. Like, for example, if your favorite food is pizza, you might do P for pizza. Um, if your favorite characters Harry Potter eight. Sure. Where it is your choice letter s just have fun with it. Trouble coming up with an idea for a letter. Word I've included profitless. You can access the class Resource Age has the outfit and several examples for each letter. 3. Tools: right now, it's time to get started drawing To complete this project, you only need three things paper, pencil. And if you're like me and ray species don't need to be fancy, expensive. Feel free to use whatever supplies that you're comfortable with. 4. Letter Basics and Warm Up: before we get started drawing, I want to go over some basic lettering terms that I'm gonna be using throughout the class. There are three common styles of a letter. There's a Sarah San Serif script. A Sarah is a letter that has the minds of the San. Sarah doesn't have line, so it's typically either Rounded were just flat on the ends and then a script. It's a curse of letter. There are countless ways to draw each of these different letter styles, and each will convey different message. So let's get started with a little warm up and explore drawing your letter in a different way. This warm up will help loosen up your hand and also get your fate to start. Simply draw your letter in three styles. Sarah Sands and Script. Now take one style at altar for fellowship. Make it tall, skinny. Make it really Why think of walkie? The purpose is to have fun, so go crazy half up with it. 5. Brainstorm: Okay, Now you have your word and your letter. So now it's time to start brainstorming. The purpose of brainstorming is to push your brain past that initial idea that's typically the most obvious solution. And to challenge yourself to dig a little deeper. This to me is one of the most important steps in the creative process. So please don't. The method I use for brainstorming is just a simple list. I start with a blank piece of paper, right? The I worked at the top and then just start right now, everything that comes to mind when I think about that word for this project, I am going to use the word automobile for Hillary. So, for example, car truck fast, slow engine, hot rod, old new first car back to future. I mean, even if it's unrelated, just whatever comes to your mind getting on paper, so spend a few minutes working on your list. 6. Research: Once you have a pretty good list, it's time to narrow it down. Teoh start to focus on some of the ideas and details that you want to incorporate into your left. So once I've narrowed my list down, I want to go with the first automobile. So I'm gonna do a Google image search, maybe look at books on old automobiles or just Warner read about the history of Created it on what was the time period like them and doing this, it will give you, ah, more of better visual of different details that you could bring him to draw in your letter . The first automobile Just looking at the picture. You can see a really cool expose on the tire or the hood on the car. Now it's time to figure out how to use them in my life. 7. Draw Thumbnails: next step we're gonna be drawing if you've never drawn in this way before, your goal of drawing thumbnails is to get your ideas down on paper. Once you get your ideas on paper, you can start to explore variations of that idea. It's quick process, so don't spend a lot of time on it. Don't worry about really telling your ideas. Start by drawing a few rectangles or squares on a blank sheet of paper. Imagine that shape is just a miniature version of a regular piece of paper. Now quickly draw your ideas in each one. So, for example, what my ideas is a lower case? A. That inside has spokes from that first see or making the top Sarah of capital a hood of the car. Try not to think of your letter as something that needs to be read, but more as this shape that you can use is your face. You may think that you know exactly how you want your letter to look before even starting the thumbnails, and you may want to skip it but haven't challenge you. Teoh draw 3 to 5 different variations of bigger idea. I think you'll find that your ideas will get more creative, more you develop, Um, and you might surprise yourself 8. Sketch Your Letter: right, It's time to draw your letter. So take a look your come nails and pick your top favorite one. And, well, you're ready to sketch on a clean, blank piece of paper. Lively. Draw a frame for your letter. I won't mind a fitness square, so I drew a square. But any shape will do next. I like toe lightly draw out the main shape with pencil. If a mess up or need to make changes, it's easy to race. And then, from there I can start adding details once you have your letter pretty much how you like it . Then you can start racing some of those lines that you didn't like or go over it with heavier pencil strokes. Once you erased all the lines that agent wandering sponges or anything like that dark and all the areas that you want to letters complete from here, you can leave it as just a pencil sketch, and that is a completed project. Or, if you want Teoh color Teoh the watercolor crayon marker. Anything you could do that or, if you want Teoh have a higher contrast, black and white drawing. Then you can get in in the next video. I'm gonna go over some tips on inky 9. Ink In Your Letter: Sometimes I like to finish the drawing by just thinking it in to give it a little more contrast. Have a little more polished final feel to it. But first we're gonna talk about pens. Markers. Okay, so a Sharpie marker is probably the cheapest and work great. However, they do bleed a bit, and they aren't water fruit for a little extra money. I like pig by my front and pit pins, the biggest waterproof and doesn't bleed. And both brands have pin tips and a variety of different sizes that you can choose from and and think they're Hubble ways. You could do this and both. I used for different purposes. The first is simply trying over your existing pencil drawing with pending draw over the line. Go slow with it. Don't drink coffee before you do this step. Or at least I can't because my hands shaking. So just go slow and trace right over your life when you're finished. Doing that erased your pencil marks. Now this isn't the cleanest way, but it gets to drop. The other option is to trace a redrawing on the new page. This will give you a really clean Chris final drawing. You can just take a new sheet of paper over your drawing and hold it up to a window and do it that way. Or you can get a life hawks, turn on your life and trace over your drawing. Go slow and be patient. When you're finished, you take off the tape and there you have it. Your letters complete. 10. Final Thoughts and Thank You: Thank you so much for taking this class. I hope you learn something new. I hope you gain confidence in your drawing skills. And I just hope you have fun. Don't forget, I have included a class outline that has all of the different steps that we went through. And then the examples that included with that letter prompt she you could get that on the class resource page and download it. I would love to see what you created in this class. So please share your project with me and the class. You can do this by clicking on the start class project and then just simply upload a picture of your final letter sofrito add any other information With that, I love to see your creative process on how you went through your brainstorming list. If you want to put that or and your thumbnails that would love to see those. And then, of course, your final project. Thanks again for taking this cost with me. I hope you have fun. And I hope you have a great day