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7 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Basics

    • 4. 1st Way: Negative Space

    • 5. 2nd Way: Masking Fluid

    • 6. 3rd Way: Only Lettering

    • 7. 4th Way: Using Black Pens

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About This Class

In this class you are going to learn the different ways to hand letter inside a figure. I am going to show you how it works using masking fluid, negative space, watercolors or black ink. I hope that you find this class useful and ispiring to create great stuff :)

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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: Hi, everyone. Welcome to my class lettering. Site figures. My name is Sally Lozano. I am a graphic design student who also really enjoys calligraphy, hand lettering illustration and basically everything that has to do with letters. So I thought that it would be really cool to make a class about lettering inside a figure in this class. I am going to teach you the basics of the hand lettering styles that I always use for mighty signs. I'm going to give you a quick explanation off the other classes that I have. I am going to teach you how to use negative space for creating these kind of the signs using water cars e m also going to teach you how to use a masking fluid for negative space . And I am also going to show you another way off using the lettering to create the figure itself. And lastly, I'm going to show you how I use my black bends to create a black and white design like this one and using negative space and stuff like that. So I hope that you can join me in this class and that you create a lot of beautiful projects 2. Supplies: So these are the art supplies were going to be needing for this class. We're going to be working with water colors, watercolor paper, some brushes, some pens, and we're over going to re using masking fluid, uh, in white ink. So I hope that you can get all the supplies to get started. Don't forget to. Also at salt and some pencils and money raiser. 3. Basics: in this first video, I am going to give you a recap off hand lettering. Um, I have this guy that I made for my hand lettering class. If you haven't taken it, I recommend you to take it first before take this one because we're going to be using a lot off lettering styles, so it will be really useful if you already Mutis. But anyway, we're just going to in this class, going to be using simple lettering styles that I always use for almost everything. So these are the ones that I think I'm going to be using because they are really easy to dio and they feed almost in everything. So it's important also to know how to do banners, how to do flourishes and stuff like that. So I'm just going to explain to you real quick in these other paper all the lettering styles I'm gonna use, So we're going to be using this one that I always use for almost everything. So if you remember the first class that I did, it's just on modern calligraphy, and this is just the same. It's just, you know, the rule of when the stroke goes down, you have more pressure and you add more more weight to that site. So for these other lettering style, it's really simple. It's just like a rounded edges instead of simple just you know, so another thing. I think it is important for us to know how to make the serif in your letters, because I think they always fade everywhere and they always look really pretty and pretty cool. So, yeah, I hope that you know how to make this. It's really simple. You just at these little thing at the end for every letter, and they really stand out a lot. Now these runners are really simple. I don't know if we're going to be using them. Ah, lot in this class, but it's always important to know, because they are these little things that always help you when you don't know how to put an important work in a Bernard, it's always it always works most of the time, so I think it's important to make them, um, circles. Circles are great for when you are using a connecting word that it's not that important, but, you know, it's it does make a difference a difference So I think it's also good for you to know how to make this its release. You. I just use negative space and in color, the inside of it and lastly, flourishes. Flourishes are really, really important. I think they really help you a lot when you don't know how how to feed a word or when you have, like, some space that you want to feel but you But you're out of, you know, letters. So you just have flourishes and they look really beautiful and really date savior life sometimes because then you have a lot of space. You don't know what to do with it. So you had flourishes and, you know, it just saves you. So that's what we're going to be using for this class. And I hope you practice and I'll see in the next video. 4. 1st Way: Negative Space: now for these video. I want to show you how to use negative space in the figures. So I'm going to be drawing the silhouette of a cat that I got an image from. Pinterest are released figures, so the quote would fit just fine. So now that I chose the rephrase that I want, I am going to first start sketching in in our regular paper so I can know where I want my words to be. How, what lettering styles I want what littering 1000 feet better and stuff like this. So I think the sketching process is really important. I think that you should not be worried about doing it over all over again, because, I mean, it's it's kind off hard sometimes. So I think it's important for you to take all the time that you want. Try different lettering styles if you don't like it. And once you're happy with the sketch, let's move on with that with the watercolor paper where will start sketching the the idea. So now that we're sketching on the watercolor paper, just make sure that the pencil lines are really soft, because when once you're you're painting in the water colors. You won't be able to erase the pencil line, so I think it's important to go soft on the paper. So I'm just going to start sketching the quote inside the figure as we're going to be using negative space, which means that we're going to color everything in the figure. But the letters, you know what I mean. So you're going to just sketch how we did the letters, But, um, just make sure the pencil lines are not too harsh. Now in this part, we're going to be using watercolors. I chose the color red because I don't know why I had this image of a heretic out in my head . But it's up to, you know, what color do you want to use? So I'm using are really theme brush. I think it's a number one because as we're coloring everything else about the letters, it's really important to be careful and have a lot of position in your hands and, you know, have steady hands. So it did take me a while. I think it took me an hour to color everything and, uh and yeah, it's it's easy to mess up, so I think that you should be careful and take it really slowly just to make sure everything comes out perfect. By the way, I forgot to tell you the flourishes that I made down there. That's what I meant when I told you that they save you sometimes because I had a lot of space and, um, I had just two words, but with the flourishes and and everything, it just came out really good. - Now , once it's dry, I'm going to take my eraser just to erase the lines that that I did the pencil lines that I don't want. So now that that's done, I'm going to take white ink just to, you know, correct some stuff that came out wrong. Oh, are some lies I want thicker or or something that I erased that I didn't want to. So, yeah, that's basically for this video. In the other video, I am going to show you another technique for negative space. So yeah, I hope you like this one. And and if you come up with anything, you know, you can upload it to the project section so so I can check it out 5. 2nd Way: Masking Fluid: in this video, I am going to show you another technique for negative space, which is using mask. Include mask employed is these liquid that when you put it in the paper and let it dry, then you can add water colors or a Felix or anything to it, and then you take it off and it's like you didn't paint that part. You know, it's just like masking masking tape, but in liquid, you know. So I chose to draw a lobster, and the quote is, he sees her lobster, which is, um, a friend's reference. You know, the TV show. And I just really thought it would be really cool to to quote something from from a TV show . So I hope you get their reference from Ross and Rachel. And, yeah, I thought it would be really cool. So I'm just going to sketch it and just make sure the pencil lines are not too harsh. And then I'm just going to add the masking fluid inside the letters. So another important thing is to know what kind of mask include do you have? Because mine is just a really cheap brand. So if I use my a brush. It's just going to ruin it. I mean, so you have Teoh. Just just make sure that that you're masking Dawson do that Any feed, dust like mine. I use the back of off a brush just so it won't growing my brush. I just used the the the other side, and it's not that difficult. I think that if you use masking for big, big, big words or, you know, like not for details and stuff like that, it's just great. Teoh use it because it saves you a lot of time. But if you have a lot of details and complicated lettering styles, it's not gonna work. So once you have your your masking dry, we're going to take the watercolors and just start coloring everything without any complications, because we already have the masking dry and everything. So and that's good, because in the other one, it took me like a Knauer in the cattle one, and in this one you just took me half an hour because the quote waas really short and because I just masking fluid. It didn't take me as long as the other one, so I think that it's just Waas better, and I used salt in some parts because I wanted to. I wanted it to have, like, a really cool effect. You'll see one speech dry that it really it really stands out. So that's what I did for for these lobster. So now here comes the phone part to take off the masking. It's such a satisfying feeling. I really love doing it. So, um, I take it off, and as you'll see, there are some some part that I don't like or there are some things that need to be corrected that you didn't like. So I took the red watercolor and just corrected everything I wanted. If I eat, if I think that, um, some parts are missing that I didn I didn't consider I can take my white ink and correct that, too. So it's up to you if you want to use masking or use negative space or use white ink over the figure. I mean, I think the best thing is to to kind of think if if you're your quote and if you're figure is really is really short, will use masking. And if you if you have, like a lot of stuff and you want the details to be really, really precise, so I would use negative space Onley. So it's up to you. If you want to use Onley Inc or you want a mask included or negative space, it just depends on what you're going to write and the figure you're using. 6. 3rd Way: Only Lettering: in this video, we're not going to be using negative space or a masking fluid or anything. We're just going to be using, um, calligraphy, which is lettering. You know, um, just we're only going to be using lettering, which is going to make the figure off the pineapple. So I chose thes quote with that, which I thought was really funny and cute. So I first to sketch the idea on a regular paper and in the watercolor paper, I started this catching the rest. But, you know, the lines should be really, really soft because, as we're going to be using yellow watercolor, we don't want the pencil lines to be noticed. So I'm just going to be really careful with that and go really soft on the pencil lines Now with the yellow watercolor, I'm going to start lettering. It's the same move I've taught you in my other classes, the first class of modern calligraphy. When the stroke goes down, you are going to add more pressure and more way to the letters, and that's basically it's just it's just practicing and and practicing more and and yeah, it's it's basically that, and I am going to use this kind of lettering in all these figure. Now I am going to add the first layer off green on the beliefs that it has. And then I'm going to take a darker green and just go over the leaves to make them look more really speaking with more deft. - Now I'm going to do another one, which is going to be a watermelon. So I'm just going to sketch it first on a regular paper, and I chose the quote, Be kind and truthful and life will be fruitful. And then I'm going to take the watercolor paper and started sketching. Started sketching it all over again with really soft lines. We're basically going to do the same as the other figure, but with red water color. And you know the rule of when it goes out. Europe more pressure. And as you can see, here is just what I'm doing. So I'm going to start on lettering the figure, and then I'm just going to add the green part of the watermelon. - So I added really soft green watercolor, and then I'm going to take the darker green and just added a little bit more on the edge. So this is basically I am just going to at the seeds and and that's it. I hope that you can try any of these projects. And if you do, please show with me in the project section. 7. 4th Way: Using Black Pens: in these video, I want to show you how to make basically the same thing as negative space but using Onley pens and markers. So I started sketching a heart and then I started using the quote and night. I used my pencil to sketch everything. Then I took a my compound number five and I just started, you know, putting details of the heart. And I wanted it to look a little bit realistic, but not so much. And I just used lines and and just like that, I started coloring outside the letters. - So this is how the drawing turned out. I really liked it. I think I'm going to start using ah, lot more this technique. And in these next other one, I'm going to show you how to do the same. But with a ukulele. I first started sketching the figure really lightly, and then I took a quote and started lettering and and really thinking about are feeling everything off the ukulele because I want the letters to make the figure. I don't want to make the figure in and use negative space. I just want all the lettering to to take all this Basit hus. Once I was happy with my sketch. I just started using the same my cramp in and, uh, going over the same lines. Then I just started adding all the details that were missing and feeling all the lettering . And I always like to put dots on the inside so it looks more filled and better looking. So I really liked this technique. And I hope that if you try anything like this, you can show me in the project section.