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Hand Lettering 101

Lesson 13 of 18

Light Weight Script: Italic or Upright


Hand Lettering 101

Lesson 13 of 18

Light Weight Script: Italic or Upright


Lesson Info

Light Weight Script: Italic or Upright

So I hope you guys are ready for your next prompts we're going to do a lightweight script this time um so for this I think now we're going to explore a metallic or upright so we're doing a lightweight script um so when you first get started on script and you may want teo draw a number of lines for yourself that indicate the angle that you want to be keeping throughout so if you're doing an upright script, he may want to start with a few upright lines if you're doing a metallic script you know, decide what angle you want, I would say anything more drastic um probably don't want to go as drastic as a forty five degree angle I would say that would be too far, but maybe you could go as far over is sixty degrees for your angles so as you get started with your lightweight script uh you may want to do some little lines that indicate the angle so that you could make sure you're keeping your angle consistent so either you want to start with some up great lines here or you could start with your ...

lines had an angle I would say nothing greater than a sixty degree angle um you don't want it to be too far slanted um or else it could be really difficult to read um so there are a few letters that have a number of different variations uh that are pretty fun to explore one of them is definitely o's there's a lot of different ways to connect your o's so a lot of times what you'll see is an o that dips down and then comes up to connect the next letters if your rating rating oh um you can also connect straight across or you concert to get a little little fancy with things sometimes I like to come up a little bit more and leave this beginning part of the stroke unfinished and dipping in there and having the top part of euro really come up and over a bit sounds fun if you're doing something that's a little bit more lupi and curvy um so speaking of loopy and kirby um they're a bunch of letters that I'll have a sender's that either you can do loops or you can connect straight so berating ha ha you couldn't either have loops all right you can keep it straight so this is true of l's um uh another thing you can play around with and I mentioned this before with the high contrast b is how your b goes um or if you want to do something more like this I am another fun thing to play around with is where you break your letters so you could dio how o the e um so yeah there's a lot to play around with with flourishes and um with the angle that you choose um so I'm gonna go ahead and I'm going to pick a word to dio in a lightweight script going to do something more operate adam to be working in this space here um because I've been choosing words that are different things from my day what I was going to be doing in this space is coffee um give me a little hard to fill that space so what I'm actually going to do is draw the word coffee on a coffee cup um because that will give me all the freedom in the world to fill in that hole space wait okay, so why don't you go ahead and pick the next word to do in a lightweight script? So either I tele sized or upright don't forget if you have an awkward space to fill feel free to add in tons of flourishes or any other illustrative elements to help you fill that space. Um the important thing is that you pick a word that you really want to work with in script I did choose the word coffee in part because it had the double effort and the double e and it was nice to do those quite differently asked there's a little bit of variation within their which helped makes it feel a little bit more dynamic, so I will see you as soon as you're done with that prompt

Class Description

Hand lettering is experiencing a serious resurgence in the design world. Get your complete introduction to the artform in Hand Lettering 101 with Annica Lydenberg.

Annica is a designer, illustrator, and sign painter with a passion for type. In this beginner-friendly class she’ll teach you how to letter by hand and help you build the skills necessary to offer this service to clients – no software required. 

Annica will help you:

  • Understand lettering and the role it plays in design
  • Develop an arsenal of lettering styles
  • Add embellishments to letterforms

Using pencil and paper, you’ll learn about the tools and techniques you need to know to add hand lettering to your toolkit and get expert insights on making beautiful type compositions.

Hand lettering is great alternate solution in projects that require custom typography and it adds a personal touch to your work – learn how to get started in Hand Lettering 101 with Annica Lydenberg.


DOlores RUsso

I like the way Annica tells you what you are going to do, then she demonstrates it and then you do it yourself. She knows her subject well and her lesson objectives are clear and to the point. How do I know.?..I'm a teaching mentor also an art teacher and sign painting/lettering artist. I watched this hand lettering class in order to review and to learn how someone else approaches this "not very interesting subject" as some previous reviewers have suggested . I happen to find it most interesting. I love being able to write and communicate using my art and teaching skills. One reviewer criticized the way Annica instructed with "um" and a clicking noise. But the one criticism that really stood out was the F-word which unfortunately seemed to take precedence over all else for some. Granted you wouldn't want to illustrate a word that children or parents might interpret as being acceptable. A good teacher would not demonstrate that but observing Annica I can see she is a beginning teacher who might need a little guidance. So consider this "guidance" Annica - you are a teacher and you represent all of us teachers. We aren't in our 20's or even 40's - we've been in the trenches and we know that beginning teaching is very challenging. But you must remember that you are a model for children that we hope you expect to grow up to be good decent human beings. Some adults need that guidance as well. And yes, children will already know these words (pay attention parents) but it is not up to you to teach it to them. You, the teacher, are to teach to the highest professional level. As for the "um" and the clicking noise at the end of a sentence - that is something you can correct easily - try to record your lessons and listen. Remember - you represent the most respected of professions, your language must be accurate, acceptable and reflect the knowledge of your subject area, You did a good lesson in hand lettering and covered the most important concepts for a beginner to know. It's a shame that some of the reviewers refused to watch the rest of your lessons and some of them even complained about your silence as you did the letters. Perhaps a little more understanding on their part could have been more beneficial, particularly since one of them was a gifted educator (my Masters also), and did not recognize the cognitive mind working and literally submerged in your lettering skills. This is a fine class and I hope you continue to do more. You are organized, give a lot of information and demonstrate impeccably. Good luck...from your Mentor Teacher.

a Creativelive Student

Rating this is difficult because there are positives and negatives. I watched the course and enjoyed it, but there isn't enough information and education to validate purchasing it. For a graphic designer or someone who knows typography and wants to have a fun challenge around hand drawn lettering, it's fine. However, it's not a course for absolute beginners because the presenter speaks about typographic principles and assumes the audience knows the names of the parts of type when giving directions and doesn't provide enough explanations. There is no history given as to why letterforms are drawn the way they are, whether as traditional hand lettering, calligraphy or even in sign painting, other than the passing recommendation for viewers to research this. All of the comments here are correct. I too was surprised to see the F-word in a featured piece and the lack of contrast when watching her draw was a problem. CreativeLive needs to vet new presenters and perhaps have them do a dry-run of the lessons to critique them. Additionally, her"umms", "super" and "super fun" fillers are tiresome. I think the presenter is talented and has a lot to offer but this felt more like a design challenge rather than an educational course. It would have been useful to primarily show professional applications rather than so many self-directed projects. There is another hand lettering /calligraphy course I watched part of previously that was a better "101" course, to which this course would be an appropriate follow-up.

LAra TAmalunas

I've always been curious how to create some of the cool typography styles I see in artwork and design and this class defined so many different examples. It is a great tool and stepping stone for creating really unique type. I would love to see an alphabet of each style so I can be sure that I am using the correct letterforms for each. The instructor gives a few examples and is easy to follow. Overall awesome!