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Hand Lettering 101

Lesson 8 of 18

Serif with Inline Stroke


Hand Lettering 101

Lesson 8 of 18

Serif with Inline Stroke


Lesson Info

Serif with Inline Stroke

Now that we've got more comfortable with the basics and we're starting to get into some decoration like we did with the three d for our last prompt now for our next prompt we're going to be doing a sarah flutter form with an inline stroke let me show you a couple tips about working with an inline stroke what? So just like I've been doing with a lot of my letter forms um the inline stroke is going to be a great place to get started because it's also how I tend just initially sketch out my letters anyway it's almost like the skeleton of the letters if I'm going to be doing when we're doing a pee, I'll probably start off with this even if I'm gonna make a much thicker letter for him so start off with what's going to become the letter for him and I'm gonna start to build it up. So now that I know basically where my letter goes, I'm gonna come back and into the outline part first um maybe I want to go in and had even more to this. So uh if you were doing a relatively low contrast letter, th...

e inline stroke is going to fill in the entire letter for him uh, if the letter form that you're working with us a little bit more high contrast, you'll find that the inline will only be in the the thick part of the letters so I'm gonna start the same way with my sketch that sort of inline stroke and then as I filled it up I'm gonna build up just the horizontal sze first because that's where my weight's gonna fall so for this I'm only and have my inline fall here and here and you know you can do some fun things with you're in line you're in line doesn't have to just simply be a straight line you cannot even more decoration to it um and in line is a nice way tio decorate a heavy letter form um but it is always nice if you want to start off you know that you're going to do an in line to begin with it's probably a lot better because sometimes if you make your letter for him first and then you add the inline if your weight is incan assistant it will be highlighted by the fact that you have been in line so start with your in line first and then build up the letter around it I think that's all I needed to tell you about an inline stroke so you go ahead, take your next word um and you're gonna be doing a sarah if letter with an inline stroking it, so I chose to do the word type for this one and again you'll see me first blocking in where all of my letters will fall so I know that it's based out right start off by doing my in line I think I'm going to do a slightly higher contrast okay, so I've gone ahead and I did a, um a more high contrast sarah for the word type so when I did this word that you noticed I put the inline on ly in the thick part of the letters and not in the thin part tried it in the little cross bar on the e at the end and it really wasn't working, so I erased it. You also might have noticed as I was working, I was shifting things around a little bit don't be scared to do this definitely start light so that you can keep a little bit of flexibility in there, but I was having some problems with the spacing with the y in the p and um so I chose to move things around a little bit and even as I look at it now, I think I need to bring down the top of the t a little bit more, so I'm just going to do that before I move on um and then I also went ahead and I added one extra little drop shade in there because I felt like I was looking nice with ian line just to have a little bit more decoration in there you can go ahead and add whatever it is that you like to it. Um, and don't forget there's always time at the end, to go back in and add in decoration throughout the entire piece to make it feel a little bit more cohesive and fill in any little awkward gaps that you have along the way. Um, so why don't you go ahead and get started on this next prompt? And I will see you in a few.

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!