Introduction to Modern Calligraphy

Molly Jacques, Calligraphy | Lettering

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14 Videos (50m)
    • Trailer

    • Pen Holders, Nibs

    • Ink and Paper

    • Prepare and Care, Putting Together Your Pen

    • Holding Your Pen

    • Constructing The /, U, S, and, O Shapes

    • Finding The Templates

    • Lower and Uppercase Letters

    • Numbers and Symbols

    • Flourishes

    • My Style Journey

    • Develop a style

    • Extra tips and tricks | Composing words

    • Extra tips and tricks | Custom color


About This Class

Interested in a beginner's crash course in the basics of modern calligraphy, but have no idea how to start? This class starts at the very beginning, covering the basic tools and preliminary knowledge of modern, pointed-pen calligraphy and giving you a solid understanding of how to compose a truly unique alphabet!


Within the design community, there has been a rise in demand for basic and advanced calligraphy skills to use in a variety of ways, from wedding calligraphy to typeface design. Through this class, you'll strengthen your eye for design, typographic detail, and distinctiveness.

In a world bombarded by images and lettering thousands of times a day, coming across an image of true distinctiveness is something to cherish. Create that moment.


What You'll Learn

This class is divided into four progressive units: Understanding the Tools, Learning Letter Structure, Learning the Alphabet, and Developing a Style.

What You'll Do

You'll create a one-of-a-kind alphabet in a modern calligraphy style and develop a set of skills for bringing a persuasive, personal script to any personal project, wedding or otherwise!

What You'll Need

Required Tools

Secondary Recommended Tools

Recommended Reading


Looking for Calligraphy II? Check out Molly Suber Thorpe's Digitizing Calligraphy: From Sketch to Vector (Calligraphy II)

675 of 709 students recommendSee All

Great beginner class!
Great introduction to modern calligraphy. It feels like it leaves me hanging a little so I wish there was more to the class in general. Very good start to a thorough and complete class, though!
I like this course as it is simple to follow, the templates included are a great help when practising and the results are quite good from the beginning, even though practice is needed to achieve a fluent and armonious writing.





Molly Jacques

Calligraphy | Lettering

Molly is a typographical artist with a strong emphasis on calligraphy and hand lettering. Her calligraphy and lettering aren't limited to one outlet: she's worked on a wide array of projects, including typeface design, editorial hand lettering, illustration, and wedding calligraphy for clients such as Martha Stewart Weddings, Conde Nast publications, and Ford. 

She currently lives and works in Detroit, Michigan alongside her husband and two pups. 

For more information, a list of interviews, and a selected client list, visit her online portfolio