Hand-Drawn Typography: Create Your Own Font

Kyle Steed, Professional Doodler

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4 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Trailer

      1:21
    • 2. Practice Makes Progress

      7:59
    • 3. Sketch it Out

      10:30
    • 4. Viva la Vector

      12:50

Project Description

Create your very own hand-drawn font

Introduction and Inspiration

  1. Download the week 1 pdf guide

    Download the WEEK 01 pdf guide

    Print out the last three pages with circles, squares and triangles

    Time yourself for 5 minutes on each worksheet

    Try and fill in as many of the shapes as you can within the time allowed

    This exercise is meant to help you create without spending too much time thinking.

  2. Share your creative exercise

    From the PDF template you downloaded, please share some of your favorite doodles you did. 

    Offer feedback on your fellow classmates projects.

    Cally O'Loughlin shares their completed worksheet.

Sketch it Out

  1. Sketch your letters

    Start sketching you letters.

    Try keeping a consistent width and style for your letters.

  2. Share your font

    At this stage your sketch could be really rough, or really clean. It could be in pencil or pen. It's all up to you and what you're comfortable with.

    Share your font with your classmates, and offer feedback on their projects. 

    Christina Berkowitz shares their font sketch.

Creating your Vector

  1. Scan in your font

    Scan in your artwork at 300 DPI using black and white and save as .PNG to your desktop

  2. Vectorize your font

    Drag your image in to Cocoapotrace app and save (Live tracing)

    Or, open your image in Illustrator and trace your image by hand with the pen tool (Long method, but more precise)

    If you use Cocoapotrace, make sure you spend some time looking it over and cleaning up and unwanted anchor points

    For review, export your new hand-drawn font where all characters are visible in .PNG format

  3. Share your final font

    Upload your final font to your project page. Be sure to provide feedback on your classmates' projects. 

    Cameron Walker's final project. 


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