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Hand Lettering I: Step by Step

teacher avatar Ale Lozano, Illustrator + Lettering Artist

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (35m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Lettering Styles (Part I)

    • 3. Lettering Styles (Part Il)

    • 4. Banners

    • 5. Sketching and Final

    • 6. Watercolor Piece

    • 7. Thank You

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About This Class

In this class, I will teach you how to create beautiful messages step by step, I am going to show you some letttering styles that you can put in your design, how to draw banners, flourishes, dividers, frames, and the whole process from sketching to filling it with color using a marker or watercolors. This class also includes a free guide so you can see everything we saw and practice from there. 

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Ale Lozano

Illustrator + Lettering Artist


Hi friends!

My name is Alejandra Lozano, aka Ale Lozart.

I'm 21, Graphic Design graduate based in Mexico. Calligraphy, Hand Lettering, Typography and everything that has to do with letters is totally my thing! I'm also really into illustration and using watercolors.

You can buy prints of my work on etsy too: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AleLozart

I have an instagram page, @alelozart you can follow me there if you want and see what I'm up to!

Thanks for reading guys, I hope to see you soon :)

Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/alelozart/

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1. Intro: Hi, everyone. My name is Alejandro Lozano. I am a graphic design student and I am from Mexico. I've been doing this kind of heart for four years now. I love hand littering. Seriously, When I started, I had no idea what I was doing. I, like, learned by myself. And I just learned from YouTube videos or stuff like that. And I think that with time and practice, I've improved a lot. So what I want to teaching this class is like the basic stuff summary styles that you can choose from some stuff that you can also add to your design, like banners like Flourishes, frames, dividers and all that stuff. So I'm going to show you my whole process from sketch to final. And I am also going to show you how to use a black marker if you want old, black and white, or you can choose to use the water colors as well. So I'm also attaching our pdf file so you can see what we saw in this class and get inspiration, maybe, and practice from there. By the time you finish this class, I think that you will be able to start hand lettering and come up with a great helmet earpiece. And yeah, this is it for this class. I hope you join me. It was great planning this class. I think that it will be really useful for you if you want to get started. But you don't know where. Or maybe if you already got two started, but I want to know a little bit more. I think this is great too. So I hope you're doing me. 2. Lettering Styles (Part I): Hi guys. In this video, I want to show you some of the hand lettering styles that are being doing lately. Off course. There are a lot more, um, hand lettering styles that you can discover from Pinterest or instagram or that you can even make on your own. Um, the thing is that I want to show you how many style there are, and maybe you can get inspired by this and you can make your final piece. So I am doing these eight like it's a really simple and basic A, and I just add a little bit of shadow If the sun comes, like in the in the left direction. This is where the shadow would be and for to be. It's just the same modern calligraphy I always do, and just down strokes are always heavier than the up strokes. So thes thes letters are pretty simple there. Not very complicated, I think. And I am also going Teoh to share these with you in a pdf. So you condone noted, and you can get inspiration from there and yeah, so I know this video is like 10 minutes long, but I just wanted you guys to see how we made each one of my letters so you can pay attention to it and watch it like a step by step so you can draw them later. So for the letter G, this is our style that I use most of the time. Like in most of my designs, I use it, and I only just literally draw a G and just, like, go all around the edges and everything again. So it's just a little more sicker and 40 age. I wanted to do like a bubble kind of effect. So just the edges are very rounded and very three wide. And this is a style that I don't always use but would look great, for example, for birthdays or for something like like cards are birthday cars and like that. So these letter turned out kind of weird. It looked better in my head, but this is like a prism kind of letter. If you look for prism prismatic letters, you'll find this style and it will make more sense. So for D. J, I am just doing these kind of fancy style they will look good on. I don't know wedding invitations or something like that, and I am living these white space between between well inside it. And it's just an effect that it would look good on any style. So forty's for this K. I'm just going to change it a little bit. I am going to be doing a Gothic style, and I think it's not something I would use often because my designs are usually really girly and stuff. But if you're doing something like a tattoo or or something for a guy, guys love these things, and it's just a really cool style, not my thing. But I wanted to show you this one, too. So I am doing, like in the corners. I am using more color and intensity and in the and then the inside of the letter that it's not on the edge. I'm just trying to take it, Really likely So for these next letter I wanted to use, like are really classic style, like you've seen these style everywhere they use it for for everything. But I wanted it to look, um, like not from the computer, but but had written. So what I did for feeling it was just calling it. But not all of it. Just some parts and and like these shadows there. So now I am joined the M and I just outlined what it would look at complete M and worthy worthy shape where the first shape off the M and I'm going to add a shadow. I don't know if coming consents, but I hope that by watching these, you get what I mean. And then I'm going to add another shadow outside of it. 40. And I wanted it to look like, um, like, a kind of movies. So what I did waas, um just draw the end like really that. And and then I added some some circles. And then I just feel that outside the circle so it will look like this now for the oh, What I did was just draw a circle and enjoy small circle a Noval insight that circle. And then I just filled it like, really imperfectly just like that, not worrying about it too much. So it will look more really so for the p. I did a weird thing here. It looked better in my head. But three idea is that the corners are like like open and it would look something like this . You can add some other the course, but I didn't come up with anything right there for the Q. I am just going to make it like, um, like a calligraphy and, you know, just like down strokes are heavier than the others jokes. So 40 our first I made the outline and then I fielded with my black marker. And what I did next was like David, um, defects, like water or something like that. And I think this technique or thes style would look really great if you were working with a pro that said something about ocean or I don't know, something like that and 40 s. Uh, this is a nest that I always worked with on my designs, and I wanted it to show you how I made did. And sometimes I feel that I feel it completely with my black marker or I give this a shadow on the inside like this. So this was it for the first video. In the next video, I'm going to show you some other lettering styles 3. Lettering Styles (Part Il): So now for the letter T. I'm going to do these basic shape, and then I'm going to add this this shadow when the light comes from the left side. So it would look something like this instead of feeling it. All of it. I'm just going to add some little lines for the shadow. So for the inside of the letter, I wanted to do something like, um, some dots and then as it keeps going up, I'm going to put them Morse. Apparently so. It looks like this kind of effect. So for the you, I am just going to do the outline again like this. It can be in any in any other way, but I think it looks good with with these dots around it, it's basically the same to just have to add more dots. Mawr, keep them really together, uh, on the outlying, and then just, um, put them orsa Partly so for d. W. I wanted to make a really fancy and cute style. Um, like, more off, um classic double you. And what I would change would be the inside of it. Just a little bit to change it a little bit I guess that what's difficult about this is that you have to to know what angle would be. But out of that, it's just easy. I mean, with a marker, I just filled it, but the inside of it, I just left like, ah, little line there. And I think it looks really cute for the X. I kept really simple. First, I did like this line up and then this lying down and the line that goes on, I just did it, um, a little bit thicker. And on the edges off the first line, I just said these things like that and I wanted to look like, really handmade, so I didn't quite fill it with my marker. So for do you? Why, I'm just doing a simple why. And I think that, um, on the edges, it's there, like, open and on the bottom part. I have these. These figure right there. And then I just fielded, um, with color and did another outline out of it. And then I made a shadow on the outset. So for these last letter, I kept it really simple. I made the outline first like this, and then I added some shadows, um, with lines. And then I I filled the letter with with them color and I did the same technique that I did with the W which is living this white space on the inside of the letter. He started the styles that I showed you in this video. If you want to learn more, you can learn a lot of stuff from Instagram or Pinterest. You can never stop learning, and I think that it's important that you keep practicing and that you keep, um, discovering new styles. 4. Banners : So in this video, I want to teach you some of the basic elements of banners and flourishes and and all the stuff. And that comes very, very handy when it comes to to layering, because sometimes you can't feel spaces unless you're using a banner or adding something just to created space. So knowing how to make this, um, is really helpful and and they're really see to make. As you can see, it's just four steps, I guess, and it's not hard at all. And they're really basic and easy. So as you can see here, you can you you can do it curved or straight, or you can do it like with three parts and then just joining these points like this, you just have to make them longer joining these dots. And that said, I mean, it's not it's not harder, and the more you practice it, the easier it will get. So these are called Bunting's, I guess, and they are very handy when it comes to birthdays. Or if you're making ah, an invitation for for ah, Child's birthday, it's perfect. And for the circles are really, um, great because they feel these spaces that you need to feel they save you sometimes. And if you've seen my design that I upload to instagram and all that, I use them all the time all the time and they look really great if you know how to to include them into your design. They can really make your your art pop, I don't know, but they they're really cool. And they look really great now when it comes to flourishes. Flourishes are really cool because when you sometimes feel like it's really you're designing, it has nothing just at some flourishes and everything changes, everything changes seriously. So it's really cool of you can you can practice some of your own and you can maybe learn from someone else, or maybe practice the ones that I showed you here and in the pdf file. You can download it and then you can ride on AIDS so you can practice. But it's really important that you know them because they're really, really great and they save you a lot too. So for these frames they're great. They can make the same function as the circles, but they're like, more fancy if you're going for Ah, um more serious. Look, they're great. So these are the elements I always use in my art, and they are always saving me. 5. Sketching and Final : So here comes the most difficult part for me, which is sketching because it's you have to make all your words feed and you have to find a way to make them look cool and your words that are most important, they need to stand out more. So I think that you should take your time. Use the racer as long as you want to make some some tests. I don't know. Make three sketches if you need to. But in this case, I'm going with a short quote. Um and I'm going to choose thes styles off letters and these g that I told you about and least be so I wanted it to keep it really simple and focus more on on the details that I'm going to add later. So I'm also going to be using some binders, I think. But I will see later. So first I'm going to be starting with the G. So my ish, my quote is she dreams more often that she slips and I am first going to start with with the war dreams and from there I'm going to see where I want my words to be. I am also using lines Well, guides that are like this so I can know where the word dreams would be. Um, if your words are like, you want them to be strayed while I recommend you use the ruler. So if you want it more serious, look, but I wanted something more fun and and more cured, so I didn't use the ruler. I just used my hands. And I'm also going to be using a burner because I thought it would feed pretty good. And now that I have my banner, I'm just going to write, um, with with this kind of style of letter, I'm going to write more Tham more often, and then I'll see what I do with the other words. So we have to do this a step by step. And if you like it, well, then leave it like that. Or if you don't like it, just the razor and start over again because it's all about experimenting with what looks better if it looks better without banner or with better. But it's just up to you. And if you're it, if this is your first time doing it, I mean it can get a little bit stressful, but I think that would practice. You will get more ideas where to feed the words. And and I think it's all about practicing. Really? So now my, my next words are then she so they're not important words. So I'm just going to put them in these pillow that I made here in just a tiny take me letters. So now I'm going to write the word sleeps, and I wanted it to look really big and really, I wanted it to stand out more than anything. So, um, I'm out in flourishes where I can, but not too much, because we don't want to get a lot of flourishes because it can get a little bit overwhelming with too much first. So I'm just going to to add some lashes, like in this in these part, we have right here in the P because they fit there, and I'm just going to go over the war dreams just to see if it's the kind of letters I want . If not, I'm going to change them and like that. So now we finished our first sketch, but I'm not going to be using that because it has a lot off mistakes. So I'm going to take another another paper, and I'm going to sketch again and with a less mistakes. So I'm going to be using just a regular pen, so I don't need any kind off paper like watercolor paper if I were using water colors. But in this case, I'm just going to be using a black marker. So I'm going to sketch everything and then I'm going to take the marker and I'm just going to go over the the pencil lines. So with my black marker, I'm just going over the pencil lines and start writing over our sketch. So this is my favorite part because we already have everything made, so I don't know why, but I just find a really satisfying to do, and I just love doing it. So I think it's important if you're quoted something about dreaming something about, um, be living in yourself. I think it's important that you have something, you know, like, and she dreams well, you up. I don't know what you're dreaming about. So I wanted it to be something that I could relate to my dream. Right now, he's like, go to New York and I don't know, I just thought it would be cool to, including on my design, because I can relate to it. And I just added some stars to make it look magical. And and I think it's all about that. You know a character I don't know to your to your letters. I mean, what are you awards really saying? What is your I'm lettering style what he's really saying? 6. Watercolor Piece: in this video. I wanted to show you how it would be to do how lettering using watercolors so far as we have our first sketch. Now that we have it done, we're going to take the watercolor paper and start sketching. So it's very important that you do it really carefully and not pressing too much the pencil and then the ones you have your your sketch done. You have to kind of erase it, because then if you do water colors on it and in the water quality is dry, you won't be able to raise the lines later, so it's very important to to do it carefully. So now we're going to start working with the watercolors. So I chose, um, these blue collar. I am also going to be using green and purple, So I wanted to just have three colors and work with those because when you are too much color, he just doesn't look as good. And I thought he would be cool just to use, um, a few callers. And when you're working with watercolors, do you have to be really patient and and just start doing it in parts like it's not dry yet will then start doing something else. You're in way until that part dry so you can start working on it again. So it's really about that. Because if you keep waiting until something dries, it's going to take you forever. So you just do the first part of dreams and then the other part, and then this other part, because then if you just if you don't wait until it dries and it's gonna be combined everything and we don't want that. So we're working with watercolors. You have to do it in parts and be really patient to. So now we just have to, um, keep going with the details and be really careful with these lines that are really big and long, and sometimes they don't come out as good as he looked into sketch. But we can fix that later. So, yeah, I added these lines because the word the words don't scare you like have to be scary. So I added those lying to to make them more intense. I don't know. - So now I'm going to be adding shadow to the word big and with a darker prob purple so it would look something like this way. The really thin brush in a darker blue. I'm going to start adding shadow to the war dreams. So I think it is really important sometimes to to add shadows to your to your awards because it makes them look so much better and make them look so much powerful. So now I'm going to take the purple, and I'm just going to start splashing around like these because I really like the effect it looks. And I'm just going to cut the paper because it didn't feel world there. And, yeah, that's it. I hope you liked it. And I hope you try watercolors with, um hum lettering. I figured it. So it may be a little bit more difficult, but it's amazing art. And I just think it looks really, really cool with water colors, so you should try it. 7. Thank You: in this last video I wanted to share with you this watercolor piece I made for a project at school. So what I did was the same. I first started sketching and I started, like, seeing, um where the banner feed them better or or how the lettering styles worked better. So in the first part, you can see that it's old positive. So I use like, green collars, and I used a flower. I use these kind of wood because I wanted it to be positive. And in the other part of the off, the message was like, not very positive. It was more like negative. So I started to use on some great collars. And as you can see on the word pollution, it's like broken. So I think that you just have to see what your message says and really at character to your letters so you can see what your worst are really saying. So I think that you can understand that in these example and for the last thing that I want to tell you, is that thank you for everyone who's been taking my classes. I mean, I am very thankful that you liked them and that you practice and I think that you've learned a lot. So if you want to share anything with me, if you if you have tried any projects, I would love to see them. It doesn't have to be here in a skills here. You can upload it to your instagram and talk me on it because I would love to see everyone's projects and yeah, I think that's it. So I have a block, which is written arts dot com And on Instagram Page, which is written art, you can follow me there. And if you like the work, I do maybe just live our common and tell me what kind of class you would like to to see. What would you like to learn? And, yeah, that's it. I hope you like this class and I'll see in the next one