Hand Drawn Typography: Designing a Font from Your Handwriting

Christine Nishiyama, Illustrator/Writer 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!

68 of 68 students recommendSee All

Great Class! very helpful, thank you
Gisèle Vermelho Münzner

Art Educator - Book Illustrator

Simple, easy to follow and all you need to get going.
Font creation programs have always seemed overwhelming to me! This course really simplified the process with excellent examples and instruction! I can wait to make a new font! Thanks for a great class!





Christine Nishiyama

Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

Christine Fleming is an illustrator and writer working out of Atlanta, GA. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a BFA in Graphic Design, and is now working as an author/illustrator creating picture books, graphic novels, and editorial work.

Christine is represented by Danielle Smith at Red Fox Literary, and is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) where she was awarded the honor of SCBWI Illustrator of the Month after attending the SCBWI National Conference in New York.

Check out Christine's 12+ other classes to further explore her illustration process!

To follow her work you can view her portfolio at www.mightcouldstudios.com, and around the internet: Twitter  /  Instagram  /  Pinterest  /  Facebook

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