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Reverse Stress Lettering


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Reverse Stress Lettering

So our next prompt is going to be doing a word with reverse dress um reverse dress was something we talked about at the beginning and typically as I said before the wait is gonna fall within the um within the vertical strokes but with reverse stress it falls within the horizontal stretch the horizontal streaks so while an h might typically look more like this and h with reverse dress looked more like this um I chose to actually do this version with a sarah of typeface er rather than sand saref crime sorry with this sheriff style letter form rather than this letter form um simply because it's a lot easier to see the river stress when you have when you have lines that are following along the baseline in the cap fight and there there are more horizontal strokes that you'll find ah and a sarah flutter form than you will in a sand secret um uh something like the o can end up looking a little bit wonky and funny normally you would see the weight falling on the sides of the oh but if we're do...

ing something with reverse stress there's gonna be more weight in the top and the bottom so you can pick a word with um santa f or sarah if it's it's your choice um but just remember that the wait is gonna be a little bit off so because I've got this sort of bizarre o space here uh, that I'm going to be writing a b c's in, uh rather than stack the letters on top of each other, like I did here, I actually turned my papers sideways, which is something a little sort of goes against the fact that I'm doing over stressed. Um and I'm going to do a b c's uh, going this way in a tiny little asked in there, and I think that in part it's going to be interesting because when I turn it back to be the cracked way, the weight is still going to be falling in what it appears to be the verticals, even though in actuality it's going to be the horizontal sze okay, so now that I have my a b c's, I think remind me I should maybe tell you a little something about ss um so normally with an s you're gonna want to see all of the weight in the spine, same thing with z s so when we're doing something that's reverse dress, the spine itself is going to get really late on the top, and the bottom of the s are going to get really heavy. Keep in mind, this is the only place that you want to do that normally you're going to want to make sure that the spine is the heaviest part of the s the spine also, unless your ass is getting recess, is pretty wide. Um, the wider your baskets, the more horizontal the spine becomes. But typically you don't want your spine to be very horizontal. You want your spine to be pretty up and down, but it is a little difficult when it gets wider and you can start to flatten it out more. Um, if you're ever having a lot of difficulty with your ass, you can always like this one is way tio top heavy. Um, you can always drop two ovals. Two oval should fit any spaces, so I could be a really good place to start. Um, just something to keep in mind. Um, none of that really matters is you go ahead and you saw your next prompt, which is reverse stress. Uh, so I will see you in a minute.

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.