Lettering 101: Drawing Consistent Letters With Basic Supplies

Kiki B, hand lettering & illustration

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6 Videos (32m)
    • Introduction & Materials

      1:39
    • Lesson 1 - Straight Letters

      4:35
    • Lesson 2 - Slanted Letters

      5:35
    • Lesson 3 - Rounded Letters

      7:32
    • Lesson 4 - Compound Letters

      9:38
    • Class Project

      3:26
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About This Class

Hand lettering is an art form that goes back to, well, the beginning of letters. From ancient stone carvings to the illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages, it seems we've always been fascinated with beautiful letters.

In this class, you'll join illustrator and lettering artist Kiki B as she takes you step by step through mastering the essential shapes of block lettering, using just 5 simple materials you already have in your home (hint: one of them is paper). And best of all, there are absolutely no special skills or previous experience required! These fundamental letterforms are the basis of dozens of beautiful typefaces throughout history, from post-industrial Victorian letters to mid-century Mad Men styles (and beyond).

Whether you're an artist, designer, or someone looking for an enjoyable creative hobby, you'll find that the timeless craft of drawing letters by hand is not only practical and beautiful, but relaxing and rewarding as well. 

Fun jazzy music: "Apero Hour" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

8 of 8 students recommendSee All

Kiki did a great job on this class. She broke the letters down into easy-to-understand (and draw) shapes. I am looking forward to using what I learned in this class. Thanks Kiki!
It's a great class to get familiari with the basic shapes of letters and how you can create them pretty easily!
Josien Brands

Creative explorer

Great class to get started on the basics

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