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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (45m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Create your alphabet

    • 4. Join your letters

    • 5. Flourishes

    • 6. Add weight

    • 7. Brush Lettering

    • 8. Project

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About This Class

Hi! I am Alejandra and I am very excited to share this class with you, I am going to show you how I do each one of my letters and how you join them. We will be practicing flourishes, how to add more weight, how to use your brush pens and some techniques with watercolors too. 

I had so much fun filming this class, I know you will too! Enjoy!!!

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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: My name is I am from Mexico, and English is not my first language. So I'm sorry. You don't know their sense of being well between you that after learning I've been living since I was 14 I think. And I Now I am 17 and I want to show you I want to show you everything I know about it. Still enrolled this class. We're going to have a lot of We're going to practice all the alphabet. How I knew each one of my players were going. I am going to show you how Teoh join them and how to wait to them. Well, we're going to practice with brush pens. So first spends our fan, so I'm going to show you some of the techniques I know and I love to do and idea We're going to make a final project, so it's going to be a fun, I hope your role and you enjoy it as much as I enjoy doing it. I enjoyed it. So yeah, that will be. And it would be great if you did one of these projects and you showed me. So that would be what we're going to do in this class. And I hope you like it by 2. Materials: the's are the materials are going to be using his quest. We're going to be working with brush pens. These are their brush pens. I like. They're called tumbles. If you have another friend off brush pens, that's OK. And if you want advice and brush pens, I would find you to buy. We're going to be working with friends. I like my conventions that pens, you have that kind of thing. You can always work marker. You have a and we're also going to need a pencil because we're going to be faxes in. 3. Create your alphabet: So in this part, I'm going to show you how I do my letters. We're going to start with a I like doing this into parts that is the first part. And then the second part starts from this point, and then it finishes like that. That's my favorite kind of a. There are other aides you can draw. For example, another would be this one for these other one. You can choose whatever you like. It's all about practice in and finding the ones that do you like the most work for you, the B. We're going to start from there, and then you're gonna go all the way down there, and from this point there you're going. Teoh, start your second part, and then you're just gonna finish it like that and we're going to be doing a line to join the other letters. So it has to end like that. Other bees you can do are this one's for this sea is really seen teaches. Do it like that with that thing on the end. Or maybe just live it just like that. Or maybe when you do it, you can add a little dot there, so it looks kind of pretty. And then for the D you just through the first part. And then from this point, you're going to start your second part like this You're going down and then you finish it like that. Or maybe you can keep it simple like this, or you can do it like a little bit taller and thinner. Or you can also do it like with more space and bigger and not so tall. And it looks pretty anyway, so with the E, that is how I do it there. That's still in the one I would like to do. Many people draw. He's like this, but I actually don't like how it looks like that. So we're just gonna ignore that and try not to do it. Because, believe me, the 1st 1 looks better when doing calligraphy. So we've the f we're going to start there. We're gonna do it all the way down. Finish it like that. You can do it like thinner or more simple, Or maybe that way they look pretty. So for the G, we're going to start the first part and then go down, and that will be here. It's really easy to do. There are a lot of ways you can do it. So for the h, you're going to start right there and then you're going to go all the way down. And that would be the 1st 4 from there. From that point, you're going to start your second part. And that would be You can also do it like this. Like this. Finish it with that. Or do it night. A little bit more. Oh, thing there, over. Taller. So for the I your start with a lying first like that and then your second part would be just the line down. And that will be. And for the J, you're going to start with that line again. From this point, you're going to start doing it and you're going to finish it just like that. And it's really easy to do so you can do it this other way, too. Or a little bit bigger. So forth, E k. You're going to start with that same line we did. Then from that point, you're going todo that line and then you're going Teoh, do a thing like this. It's really easy to do too. So again. You start with that blind from that porn, you begin to make that, Then you just finish it so you can get a little bit creative and do something like that to make it look prettier. Or maybe from the other side. For all the ways to do okay, would be first to draw. The line was set before you, joy. And then you start doing that and then from this point, you're going to basically did the same. So for the l, we're going to draw this line with being practicing before and from this point, you're going to go all the way up and then go down and then you finish it. Then you can do the same, but a little bit thinner. Or keep it simple like this. Or maybe you can get creative and do some things like this. That looked pretty good. So for the M, you're going to be doing that thing first and then from that point, do the first part that has to be bigger than the second part. You start there and then you do it like that. It has to be smaller. So let's do it again. You do that the first bars bigger and the second very small. So if you don't like how that looks, you can always do it the same size like this or like that. So as you can see, the end is really similar. So you're going to start, like, just the way we started with the M, and from that point, you're just gonna do the rest of your and you can do it these other Wait where you start your second part from that point and leave us face there. So it looks different. So for the oh, we're going to start with that same line and they were going to draw the O. And in this point, you're going to make a dot there and just drag it up. And that's how I would usually draw my O's. And there are other ways you can draw those. So I'm going to show you this one. It's really simple. Or maybe you can use you can use that one, but change it a little bit like this, go off and then get a little bit outside. So for the P, we're going to start with that line. Then we're going down and up, and that's how you do it. You can also do it a different way with flourishes that I'm going to explain to you better in other vetoes. But this is, um, one off declarations after made with the p that are really see, too. So for the Q, you're going to be doing the first part like that. And then you're going to draw a line all the way down Lingle off and in the middle. You're going to do that thing there. So there are many ways you can do them. Are here are some that this one smaller, this one since a little bit more for to call. But this one is kind of a little bit exaggerated, but still looks cool. The are would look something like this. You go up and then you do it. That arm circle there and then you go down, really see to draw ours. Maybe you can get this thing a little bit bigger so it would look something like this. There are many ways to draw them. They're so cool, and they're very easy. So for the S, it's really simple to draw it. I mean, I usually use. That s when I'm starting toward Thea other. These other esses I used them when you know they're in the middle of the ward. They are really simple to make And in this last one, I like to to add a little dot at the end. If it I think that was pretty cool. So teas are really simple. I would always use this t when I am starting award buddy, the tea is in the middle of the word. I would usually start with the line first and then completed tea and yeah, that will be because teas are pretty simple. So for use, we're going to be starting with that one first and we're going down and then we're going up and down again. So that's how you make you let's see again, how we do it. Down, up, down and up. So for these, you were just going to do it in two parts for as you go up, then you go down, then you go up again and that will be the first part. And then from that point you're just going down and then you don't. So, for the V Jurij is going to start with outline to the vertical line, then you're going down and you're going to be sure you don't leave much space. It just doesn't have to be that way. Because if you do it like with more space, it's going to look like you and we don't want that. So let's see again, how you do it like that. Okay, so it should look like that so you don't use them. Or maybe you can do it tiny and how you want it. So for the W, you were going to start, I believe the first part smaller than the second. For as you can see, that's how I like my double used to look like. So the second bar has to be bigger than the 1st 1 You know so well, let's see again. What's going on with my camera? You could just keep it simple like this. So for the X, um, this is basically what we're gonna do. Maybe it doesn't make sense like that, but let's see. I'm going to put award here. Let's say excel. You see, I left like a space there for the X. I did this little thing so I can trays that's missing. So it would look something like this us for the why I would start with that line first, then go down and then go straight down greenish so you can draw like Dad in the Sikh. We would do it this way in two parts. Let's see again, you go up and then you do that thing, you go down and then you start your second bar doing death. And you can also join this other way that I let the 1st 1 Anyway. They're real simple to make. And I hope you will a practice what we've seen and that will be thanks. 4. Join your letters : So in this part, I am going to show you how to join your letters. First, we have the S A T on a and in our So we're going to join those letters to form the worst start. OK, so we're going to first start with the S and then draw that line. So we conjoined a t and then start are a there, and that's how we finish it. That's a real simple ward, right? I'm going to show you some other examples. So other examples would be the word butterfly. We're going to start by doing the B when we finish it like that. So we conjoined that you and then the tea, the other teeth e r is continues there. And then from that point on, we star f then the l on that point, and then we finish with the wife. So that's a way of doing the world bottle play. Okay, so in this part, I'm going to show you other ways off, right? And bottom fourth, it's gonna be the exact same process you're going to join Joe. Let your letters just like that. But what I'm doing is that some letters are a little bit down and some others are on bigger or higher. I mean, it doesn't have to be less follows in, like, you know, it's up to you The one life. So now I'm going to ride the word wonderful. So I'm going to do this word in the style with exact same process we did before. So that will be the first style off the world. Wonderful. If you don't like how that looks, you can always do it a little bit smaller and with more space between the letters just like this. And it leaves so wonderful, just like the world like both of these styles. But it's up to you. Which wonder practice. So I'm gonna ride the world beautiful. This is kind of like a combination between the 1st 2 Wonderful, because it's not a small or as big as the 1st 1 It's it's my favorite kind of stuff. Well, I hope that your understanding what I'm doing or do you understand the process of joining your lives is not as hard. It's really see. It's it's just about separating and following the steps, it would look something like this. So in this part, I'm just going to show you some samples off some races. Words. So I'm gonna write paradise in this part. I'm just going to do letters some smaller than other ones and not really following the line self D paper. So it looks a different kind of small, and then I'm going to write that exact same ward. But we've another kind of style, you know, like smaller, with more space between the letters, As you can see here. Now I'm going to do the exact same thing with the work photograph. Then I'm going to write it again a little bit smaller and different from the 1st 1 So, as you can see, there are two kinds of styles. Styles there. I like the 2nd 1 most. So I hope you understood this process and practice and practice with your pencil or with your men. And I'll see in the next few 5. Flourishes: in this part, We're going to be talking about flourishes. Flourishes are those little records you out letters. So the word looks so much prettier. So these are some of the flourishes I like todo and that are kind of simple. So I recommend for you to practice them with a pencil first and start experimenting with your letters were kind Of course you like for them to have. So I'm going to show you some of the ones our life. - So now that you practise enough with each one of the letters were going to start forming a word in this case, we're going to be reading skills share with the S we've seen before. And then we're going to take it a k and we're going Teoh, join them. So this is how it would Okay, so our first option would look something like this If you don't really like how it looks, start practicing another kind of flourishes. And don't be afraid to make mistakes and erase it again. I mean, it's all about experimenting with your letters, and I recommend for you to relax your hand flourishes won't work if you're old tents. I mean, you have to really be relaxed. And if you make a mistake or you don't like how something looks, don't be afraid and just erase it. As I've said, it doesn't matter. It's all about practicing and experimenting. So this is the first time you ever making flourishes are recommended to keep practicing and practicing as much as you can with your pencil. So once you have practiced enough times with your pencil and real confident, now we're going to be working with markers. Okay, so I'm going to ride wonderful again. How I usually read it without flourishes. And now we're going to think about where I want flourishes to be, know that I have that you mentioned my head. I'm going to start doing it and that's how it will look. So this is my process for flourishes. There are some other words I want to show you how it looks. Try again. We've skills. Sure. True Lifan Award to practice. We believe we love, and that will be it for the video. Thank you for watching and LCD in the next. By 6. Add weight: in this part, We're going to add weight to our letters. Okay, So when you're writing award, every time you go down the stroke, every time the stroke goes down, you're going to trace a line there just like that. And then it goes up and it goes down again. You're going to trace a line. Okay, so it goes up and then it goes down and you trade that line. It goes down, it goes up, and then it goes down again and you trace a line, and when he goes up, you don't trace it now. So So that's basically what we're going to do. Um, with all the ward, he goes down and then it goes up and he goes down and so on until your finch. Then once you're finished, it's up to you. If you want to fill it in with color and it will look something like this. And if you don't want it to add that much way to it, maybe just trays a little line right there when it goes down, if you don't want it too much and you'd have something like this Now we're going to practice with another ward We're going to be doing the same the same process with it. And we're going to live it like that so you can see that it looks good anyway. So I hope you understood this part off anyway, to your letters. As you can see, it's not that hard at all. You just need to realize we're in your letters. The stroke goes down and that's where you trace a life. So keep practicing until you're finished. If you're satisfied with your results. 7. Brush Lettering: So in this part, I am going to show you how I do my brush lettering and some techniques I use for it. So we're going to start going up with no pressure. And when it goes up, you don't not pressure on Lee when it goes out like this. We've practiced this before, so it's pretty self explanatory when it goes up, you know, not pressure just when it goes out. So the brush makes older work for you to just have to practice and lose the the fear off use and brush pens there, really see once you get the hang of it. So that's how you write pink. Then you're going to take the darker pink and we're going Teoh, add this little effect. I like doing for my letters. Now we're going to write orange so you take the light orange and you start writing just like that. He goes down. You have pressure, it goes up. You're not pressure. That's the rule. So you take the darker color and you start doing the same saying we did with the pink and it lives such a nice effect. Now we're going to write Blue. It's the same rules, the same process. We're going down and then up just like that. Then we take the darker boom and did it, saying, saying so other things you can add for your letters is take your pencil and make as shadow behind the letters so it would look something like this. Take one of your pens or markers and you can also, um, at some little do taste things, died a letter and they would look like this. This is totally up to you. I personally like a lot how it looks. So for the orange, we're going to make that same shadow, but we're going to be using our my cramp in. - So for the blue, we're just going to add those little lines, horizontal lines there and they look pretty cool. So that's it for brush lettering. I hope you keep practicing because you'll only get it if you keep practicing and practicing well, I'll see you in the next video by 8. Project: for a final project. We're going to choose a phrase or a quote. I am using Pinterest. And once I found I find phrase I want I am going to start lettering. I am doing three options. This is the 1st 1 I didn't really like how it turned out. So I'm going to make another one. The 2nd 1 convinced May. So I started doing 1/3 1 So I'm using my eraser to change some things I didn't like. But I like the way this is going. Some just going to keep going with that idea, any racing lines and doing it again. So as you can see, I'm erasing a lot and I'm doing it again. But I really like how it is going. So don't be afraid to use your eraser and trace the lines again, so it looks better. Then we're going to take our nice kind of paper, and then we're going to take some brush bins. I chose pink because I'm a girl and I looked think and we're going to take a lighter one in a darker one. We're going to take our pen. I'm using a micro and a pencil and If you know, have brush bins, you can always use thes kind of markers. And we're also going to be using watercolors, and I brush of course. Now, with the pencil, we're going to start lettering on our victim. Now with the light thing, we're going to start lettering. And now we're just going to raise a pencil. No, with the darker things, we're going to start doing that effect. We practiced in the other cost. So you see what I'm doing with the pencil? We're going to make a shadow behind the letters just like this. Now, we there are my campaign. We're going to put these kind of flying is there, so it looks prettier. So now we get to fun part when you take your water colors. Help. I'm going. Teoh, choose these kinds of being colors and these brushes. So what I'm gonna do is just water on them and start splashing around with no order. I'm just going to use some dark pings and some light things. So it looks something like this once it's dry. You're down with your lettering with your piece. Um, and it will look something like this. I mean, it's really pretty. You can dio this technique with whatever you want without a word with bigger phrase. And I just think it looks really, really pretty. So I'm just going to put it in my inspiring board, and I just I just can't h is look so pretty A sore. I hope you like this class. And I hope you keep practicing and send me your projects because I would love to see them. Thank you and bye.