Hand Lettering - Turning Words Into Art

Jane Snedden Peever, Illustrator and Digital Artist

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7 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Intro

      1:19
    • 2. Materials and the Plan

      1:50
    • 3. Laying Out Your Letters

      2:06
    • 4. Filling Out Your Letters

      3:01
    • 5. Inking The Outline

      3:09
    • 6. Filling In Your Letters

      2:46
    • 7. Adding The Flourish and Details

      2:09
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Project Description

We will be working with a two word phrase in this class.  You can pick your own word or you can use the short phrase "Amaze Yourself" that I used in the demonstration.  Your project will be to post your progress as you follow along with me in the class.  Show us your letter layout and how you choose to fill in your letters as well as any details you add into your illustration.  You may also pick your own word or short phrase and work on your own idea.  If you do then please do post this as your project.  

The more you hand letter the more your style will evolve, practice, practice, practice, so don't be shy and share your progress, we all learn by doing.

What you will need for this class

  1. Paper
  2. Pencil
  3. One Fine or Med Pen/Marker, and One Thick Pen/Marker
  4. Eraser
  5. Ruler and Triangle to draw your own letter grids.  You can also print out the download of the Letter Grid provided that is already set up for this particular class.

I have provided two downloads to help you along.  

  • There is a line guide that is set up for the demo with two baselines and their respective x height lines which is the line your small letters will touch and the cap height line which is the letter your capital letters will touch.  You will see how I use this in the demonstration.  The slanted lines are at a 15 degree angle to help keep your letters moving in line with each other.  
  • I have also provided the line art of my word with the filled out the letter forms.  Sometimes the best way to learn is to trace over what it is your trying to learn.  This helps your muscles and your brain understand how the letter is formed and lets you feel the movement required.  then you can go off and create your own ideas.

I will post in my project section the 5 different versions I created so you will be able to see how you can get different looks from the same line art.

So lets get drawing and please share your work, please post any questions or just share your experience, I really enjoy seeing people create and truly enjoy watching your progress.

Once you have posted your project, you can stay in touch with me by sharing more of your creations on social media and tag me @jspcreate or hashtag #jspcreate.  Stay in touch and keep drawing.

Jane xo

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