The Lettering Workshops: 30 Exercises for Improving Your Hand Lettering Skills (Paperback)

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In The Lettering Workshops, you'll learn all about the art and practice of drawing letters using hands-on techniques in 30 lessons across five workshops. Whether you're a beginner or a professional graphic designer, you'll quickly learn how to develop and advance your lettering skills.

In this richly illustrated book of lessons and exercises, you'll find:

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5 Workshops to learn the art of drawing letters--from an introduction to brush lettering and lettering script to the decoration of letters; from the secrets of good composition to the process of digitization and vectorization of your type
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30 Exercises that gradually develop from beginner through intermediate and advanced levels
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16 Analyses of lettering samples to understand what makes good lettering
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52 Inspirational contributions in featured galleries from international letterers and brands
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160 Pages for all skill levels
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26 Letters to learn and explore

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • What Is Lettering?
  • Why This Book?
  • First Lesson
  • Lettering, Calligraphy, or Typography?
  • Basics and Technical Vocabulary

WORKSHOP 1: DISCOVERING BRUSH LETTERING

  • Exercise 1: Finding the Right Position
  • Exercise 2: Setting Up a Grid
  • Exercise 3: Carrying Out the First Motions
  • Exercise 4: Drawing the Letters
  • Exercise 5: Connecting the Letters
  • Exercise 6: Reworking Your Drafts
  • Analysis of Lettering Samples
  • Gallery

WORKSHOP 2: INTRODUCTION TO SCRIPT LETTERING

  • Exercise 1: Discovering the Skeleton Technique
  • Exercise 2: Drawing an Alphabet
  • Exercise 3: Drawing a Complete Word
  • Exercise 4: Lettering in a Classic Script
  • Exercise 5: Leaving Your Comfort Zone
  • Analysis of Lettering Samples
  • Gallery

WORKSHOP 3: USING TYPOGRAPHIC CHARACTERS

  • Exercise 1: Embellishing a Letter
  • Exercise 2: Practicing on a Complete Word
  • Exercise 3: Going Further with Vintage Style
  • Exercise 4: Discovering Interlock
  • Exercise 5: Practicing Interlock with Serifs
  • Exercise 6: Producing a Complete Interlock Lettering Project
  • Analysis of Lettering Samples
  • Gallery

WORKSHOP 4: THE SECRETS OF GOOD COMPOSITION

  • Exercise 1: Thinking in Terms of the Block
  • Exercise 2: Completing the First Sketches
  • Exercise 3: Choosing the Styles for Each Word
  • Exercise 4: Drawing the Skeleton
  • Exercise 5: Developing and Finalizing Your Path
  • Analysis of Lettering Samples
  • Gallery

WORKSHOP 5: DIGITIZATION AND VECTORIZATION

  • Exercise 1: Digitizing and Preparing Your Lettering
  • Exercise 2: First Steps in Vectorization
  • Exercise 3: Testing the Vertex Theory
  • Exercise 4: Vectorizing the Entire Lettering Project
  • Exercise 5: Critiquing Your Vectorized Lettering Project
  • Exercise 6: Preparing Your Lettering Project without Vectorization
  • Exercise 7: Isolating the Lettering
  • Exercise 8: Adding Texture to the Lettering Project
  • Exercise 9: Finalizing the Composition
  • Gallery
  • Artists Represented in this Book
  • Resources

About the Author


As far back as he can remember, Francis Chouquet has always drawn. After many years as a graphic designer, his attraction to lettering led him to begin drawing and creating his first letters in 2010. Since then, he has not stopped exploring all the different ways to draw letters. In 2015, he went to the United States to learn from a master in the field, Ken Barber, and has since decided to make lettering his full-time job. Find Francis online at his blog beautifultype.net and on Instagram @fran6.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781681984445
ISBN-10: 168198444X
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Publication Date: March 4th, 2019
Pages: 160
Language: English