Hand Lettering: 4 Easy Steps to Modern Calligraphy

Peggy Dean, The Pigeon Letters | Lettering & Illustration

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7 Videos (34m)
    • Introduction

      1:30
    • Tools and Materials Overview

      4:47
    • Step 1: Forming Your Alphabet

      7:45
    • Step 2: Connecting Letters

      6:16
    • Step 3: Adding Weight to Bring Your Letters to Life

      2:50
    • Step 4: Intro to Brush Pens & Optional Letting Combinations

      6:04
    • Project: Create a Short Phrase

      4:48
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About This Class

Welcome to the hand lettering craze!

Join letterer and illlustrator Peggy Dean in an exploration of your very own hand lettering style using items you already have in your home! In this simple class, you will learn through bite-sized lessons with step-by-step instructions for how to use variants of your own handwriting to craft your own modern script. You'll discover tips and tricks for basic letter formations, connecting letters and phrases and even illustrative concepts! This class is focused more on letter structures than on design, so you'll be prepared to take on all stylistic approaches.

Practice makes progress.

The beauty behind hand lettering is in the imperfections. Learning how to master flaws and channel them into character is what makes your brand unique to you. Breaking down these elements will give you a foundation that you can confidently build your craft upon. 

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I'm just getting into lettering and have only looked up a few YouTube tutorials at this point so I didn't know what to expect initially, but this really is a fantastic introduction to creating letterforms. I've purchased (and returned) a bunch of books off of Amazon that basically ended up being glorified tracing tutorials, but this one actually goes through the process of teaching how to construct letterforms and to actually devise cursive-like styles. I am really glad to have taken this course, it was immensely helpful for helping me to see the "why" of these forms, not just copying and creating.
Really good that you don't need a crazy materials list to get started. Thank you!

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Peggy Dean

The Pigeon Letters | Lettering & Illustration


Hey hey! I'm Peggy. I'm native to the Pacific Northwest and I love all things creative. From a young age I was dipping everything I could into the arts. I've dabbled in quite an abundance of varieties, such as ballet, fire dancing, crafting, graphic design, traditional calligraphy, hand lettering, painting with acrylics and watercolors, illustrating, creative writing, jazz, you name it. If it's something involving being artistic, I've probably cycled through it a time or two (or 700).

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