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Brush Lettering: Putting Together a Finished Piece

with Laura Worthington

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  •   03 Create Thumbnails

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About The Class

Put polish on your lettering with cohesive, attractive compositions.


Be sure to check out our other Brush Lettering classes on Brush Lettering Basics and Flourishes & Ornamentation.  


Lay out and create different brush-lettered words, and combine them into a cohesive, attractive whole. You’ll explore different layout variations for your compositions, and begin to practice your letter with an eye to creating compositions. In this class, type designer Laura Worthington will cover:

  • How to plan the layout and create thumbnails
  • The pencil skeleton as a basis for lettering in a composition
  • Reworking and refinning your final piece
At the end of this class, you will learn how to put together a composition of words in a variety of shapes and styles. Create polished compositions that you can add to your portfolio or hang on a wall.  

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    04:03
  2. 02

    Understand the Elements of Lettering Composition

    13:04
  3. 03

    Create Thumbnails

    17:49
  4. 04

    Move to a Pencil Skeleton

    13:38
  5. 05

    Refine and Revise the Final Piece with Ink

    20:05
  6. 06

    Cut and Paste Your Finished Piece

    09:20
  7. 07

    Student Review and Critique

    07:45

Meet Your Expert

Laura Worthington

Laura Worthington is a typeface designer from Washington State. After training and working as a graphic designer since the mid ‘90s, she turned her lifelong fascination with lettering and typography into a business, publishing her first typeface in 2010. She has since published more than 80 typefaces, and designed custom faces for Fortune 500 companies. Laura’s faces are primarily based on her own hand-lettering and calligraphy, a practice she continues to hone daily. Her typefaces are primarily for display, and often include a broad variety of ornaments, contextual alternates, and swash forms. Laura Worthington handles every aspect of a font’s creation, from concept and hand-lettering to digitization. ... read more

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  • pdf Sample Thumbnails
  • pdf Tips for Great Brush Lettering Compositions
  • pdf Workflow | Pencil Skeleton to Ink

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • Shawn

    September 2016

    I was fortunate to be in this class live and I am so glad I own it! I have gone on to buy more brush pens and continue to practice (relax :) ) on my own. She is thorough and engaging. I feel like I learn a new gem each time I watch it!.

  • Betzy

    Betzy

    December 2018

    Laura Worthington is one of the best calligraphers I follow. She is an excellent teacher and I enjoyed this class very much. It allowed me to know her "in person". She teacher her tallets and allow students to follow their own style.

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