Hand Drawn Typography: Designing a Font from Your Handwriting | Christine Nishiyama | Skillshare

Hand Drawn Typography: Designing a Font from Your Handwriting

Christine Nishiyama, Artist at Might Could Studios

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11 Videos (20m)
    • Introduction

    • Gather Materials

    • Creating a Handwriting Sample

    • Writing the Letters

    • Converting to a Font File

    • Refine: Cleaning Up

    • Refine: Using Consistent Elements

    • Refine: Adjusting Kerning

    • Refine: Adding Accent Marks

    • Generating the Font

    • Typing with the Font!


About This Class

In this class, I’ll be showing you how to make a working font from your own handwriting! There are many different ways to make a font, and the process can get very complicated and complex. Type designers can spend months and even years crafting perfectly designed letterforms.



But for this class, we’re going to stick to the basics and use a simple process that anyone can complete in just a couple hours! Plus, the font is based on your own handwriting, so you’ve already got the design down!


We’ll go through drawing the letters, using a third-party service to vectorize your letters and create the font file, and then refining the letters and the way they work together.

All you need for this project is a pen and paper, a printer, a scanner, and a copy of the free downloadable programs that I’ll go over in the class.


Making a handwriting font is like a gateway to font design, and I guarantee after making this font, you’ll want to dive deeper and start designing more fonts! If you do decide you want to dig deeper after this, I’ve included a bonus PDF on type design that digs into type anatomy and design details!  



So grab a pen and let’s get started!





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Christine Nishiyama

Artist at Might Could Studios

Hallo! I'm Christine Nishiyama, artist + founder of Might Could Studios.

I make books and comics, and I draw a whoooole lot. I've taught over 45,000 aspiring and established artists, helping them explore their art, gain more confidence, and discover their unique artistic styles.

I've been drawing for over 20 years and have been drawing as my full-time career for over 6 years. My core belief is that art is good and we should all make more of it. Might Could is here to uplift...

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