Handlettering for Beginners: Letter Your Personal Quote

Anne Kuiper, Illustrator, handletterer, poetry lover

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22 Lessons (1h 6m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:02
    • 2. Class Project

      0:42
    • 3. Materials

      0:51
    • 4. Calligaphy vs handlettering

      1:05
    • 5. Theory I: Lining

      1:38
    • 6. Theory II: Angle

      2:29
    • 7. Theory III: Weight

      5:37
    • 8. Theory IV: Spacing

      6:13
    • 9. Skills I: Serif, sans serif, and script

      5:18
    • 10. Skills II: Different letterforms

      0:37
    • 11. Skills III: Connecting script letters

      5:01
    • 12. Project: Different letterforms

      1:25
    • 13. Decoration I: Banners

      2:26
    • 14. Decoration II: Lines and flowers

      3:17
    • 15. Decoration III: Letters

      1:48
    • 16. Quote I: Defining the composition

      3:33
    • 17. Quote II: Improving your sketch

      3:04
    • 18. Quote III: Inking your work

      0:56
    • 19. Thank you and finalizing your project

      0:16
    • 20. Bonus: Script alphabet

      9:02
    • 21. Bonus: Sans Serif alphabet

      6:14
    • 22. Bonus: Serif alphabet

      3:18
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Project Description

C L A S S   P R O J E C T   

You may have already guessed it: our class project is about lettering a quote to your liking. All you have to do is pick a 3-6 word quote, sharpen your pencil, grab a piece of paper and get started! Why don't you drop your quote in the comments to let me know which one you chose?

Here's a step-by-step breakdown:

T O O L S

- pencil & eraser
- paper (regular printing paper will do for starters, but you can use heavier paper if you really want to give it an extra special artsy touch. Make sure the paper isn't to grainy)
- a black fineliner / pigment liner
- penci sharpener & ruler if needed

S T E P S

- Find a quote that you love (Pinterest is always of great help) and get those ideas flowing! Can't wait to hear which one you chose. (Lesson 2: Class Project)
- Practice the script font, and - if you want to - also the serif and sans serif font (see practice sheets and bonus videos) (Lesson 10: Skills II: Different letterforms + the bonus videos)
- Practice connecting the script letters. Use any word you want, and as many words as you want. (Lesson 11: Skills III: Connecting script letters)
- Choose one word from your quote and write it in the three different fonts to practice  (Lesson 12: Project: different letterforms)
- Define the most important elements of your quote, and make a basic scetch of the composition (Lesson 16)
- Finetune your sketch, make sure to squeeze in some decorative elements! (Lesson 17)
- Finally: time to ink your work! (Lesson 18)

Don't be afraid to share you work with the class! We love seeing it, and it gives you an opportunity to get valuable feedback. Oh and pssst... if you post your work on Instagram using the hashtag #skillsharebyAnne you might be in for a prize.... ;) And while you're at it: why not become my insta-buddy?


P R A C T I C E  S H E E T S  +  B O N U S   M A T E R I A L

Attached you find four practice sheets with letters and banners to get you going. Print them as often as you like and trace them to practice. Moreover, at the end of the class you will find three bonus videos of me writing the different letters, to help you see the build up more clearly.



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