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My Top 10 Creative Classes Online For Aspiring Letterers
Do you practice hand lettering? I began my lettering journey in 2010, and I love everything about it. In 2012 I had to retrain my handwriting, and I became quite obsessed with having really neat handwriting with a Lil bit o’ flair. You name it; it’s entirely possible with the creative classes online, that I’m sharing with you today.
I love lettering because it isn’t something that requires precision. You can be free to use fauxligraphy, brush lettering, decorative scripts with flairs, anything you like!
In this first class taught by Wendy Brookshire; she’ll be teaching you how to draw a simple, single stroke alphabet.
The goal of these classes is to help those new to lettering and illustration achieve a solid foundation of knowledge and skills and to learn how to take these skills and create some great hand-illustrated artwork.
Armed with this knowledge, when you are drawing your letters they will visually look correct and balanced and will take your drawing from amateur status to something a little more polished.
Join letterer and illustrator Peggy Dean in an exploration of your very own hand lettering style using items you already have in your home! In this easy to follow class, you will learn through bite-sized lessons with step-by-step instructions for how to use variants of your handwriting to craft your very own modern script.
You’ll discover tips and tricks for basic letter formations, connecting letters and phrases and even illustrative concepts!
This class is focused more on letter structures than on design, so you’ll be prepared to take on all stylistic approaches.
I wish I could commit myself to practising Calligraphy. What is stopping me? Probably fear. The last time I was practising I got hot pink alcohol ink on my beautiful cream double ended chaise o-O oops. Maybe commit to being more present and less of a clutz!
Practice makes progress. Fo’ Reals. I repeat that mantra again and again, so I know I have to practice my handwriting.
The beauty behind hand lettering is in the imperfections, which is why I adore it and have no fear.
Calligraphy for Beginners is a three class sequence for anyone who wants to start studying calligraphy.
It’s the last class in the three class series if you’re interested in learning calligraphy, but I’m not too sure the first two classes are that important. Although, if you are a complete beginner you may wish to take all three after you sign up. It makes no odds.
I would love to be able to do brush pen calligraphy. Again, I need to practice. I have printed out any worksheets or skeleton letters and they’re waiting for me.
If you’re lucky enough to own an iPad Pro you can use the Procreate app to hand letter. I have been engrossed.. no, hypnotised by the hand lettering videos that are all over youtube of people hand lettering.
Or the gifs on Instagram.
So, I have set up a savings bar in my bullet journal about my journey to £500 :p (minus the money I will get back through topcashback – 10% in Argos woot!).
Here’s what you’ll discover in each segment:
- Main Controls (Procreate) – What do all these buttons do? How do I _______?
- Basic Design Edits – Gestures walk-through
- Drawing Straight Lines – Use a tap, drag and hold to snap a stroke into a straight line
- Ombré Effect – Creating a gradual colour blend in your design
- Multicolor Lettering – Similar to ombré, using blended several colours inside your design
- Texture Lettering – Laying a textured effect to the interior of your letters
- Glitter & Foil Overlays – Make your lettering look sparkly or foiled
- Using Underlays (2 parts) – Different execution options to incorporate patterns, colour, etc.
- Wet Effect – Creating wetness/shine on your lettering, producing a “juicy” effect
- Drop Shadow – Creating shadows behind your design
- Mockup Display – Placing your piece inside a “mockup” frame for online store display
- Tracing – Importing your own design to recreate it for perfection
- Mirroring – Creating a mirrored effect from a selection
- Instant Replay – Instantly replay and export your strokes from beginning to end in a video format
- Watercolor Effect – Realistic watercolour background
- Practice Sheets – Importing guides for digital practice
- Basic Shapes – Simple shapes can bring the perfect focal point into play
- Creating Patterns – Creating a pattern from one image
- Creating Mandalas – Using Amaziograph app
This class is really more Brush Calligraphy than lettering, to be honest with you. It is advised that you take 4 Steps To Modern Calligraphy first, which I completely agree with if you’re a beginner.
Brush lettering looks so fancy. I’ve been practising my strokes on vellum style tracing paper. It really makes life so much easier!
You will learn easy methods such as when to perform different motions with your fingers, wrists, and applying varying pressure, along with the highly desirable techniques such as adding bounce to your hand lettering, blending colour throughout your letters while drawing them, and creating the additional effect.
I have written about this course before, but I include it again because it’s fabulous.
When you sign up for Skillshare, you can choose and take as many courses as you like so make sure to bookmark this one!
You will be able to create beautiful watercolour greetings cards and practice using watercolours or ink. My favourite watercolour paint to use is bright turquoise, opera pink gouache and gold. You will learn many new techniques and by the end will possess a unique skill set which is the perfect result!
Photoshop lettering is the next class I’m going to take. I am so impressed and pleased that people are sharing their knowledge that otherwise, you would need to take a graphic design course to learn!
You can pick and choose which skills you want to learn, which is why I love online learning so much. I’ve been attending online courses since 2010 and try to learn a new skill each year.
“In this class, you will learn some helpful techniques for drawing stylized words to create unique lettering in Adobe Photoshop. This includes:
What to look for when gathering lettering inspiration.
How to create and use the “Lettering Guide” method.
How to create your own Photoshop brush & eraser that mimics a hand-lettered, “ink-to-paper” style.
Bonus: Learn how to vectorize”
Floral typography makes my heart sing. I love it. My house and my clothes and everything I own is covered in flowers (practically) and this course combines three of my favourite things: flowers, watercolours and lettering.
You don’t need any fancy tools, simply some brushes and a 36 pan set. So it doesn’t have to be expensive at all.
I’m listing another class from Peggy Dean! They all look so good. Peggy is such a talented letterer (I struggle to say that word with my Northern Irish accent, sounds like letterRrr) and illustrator and I am going to take most of her classes on offer.
Hand lettering is so fun, especially when it’s done with design in mind. In this class, you’ll discover miscellaneous ideas to add onto the work you’ve created. You will learn very basic line drawings of leaves and flowers, simple banners, embossing your lettering, using Tombow dual tip pens for blending colors together, amongst a few other tips. You will also get to discover different ways to connect your letters to embellish on flourishes!
The projects sound fabulous, and I really need the help with Tombow Dual tip pens, these are my next craft supply purchase.
Oh my goodness! Joseph Alessio is my new hero. Look at all of the fabulous artwork he has created with letterers and typography.
A real talent (like the rest of the fab teachers included in today’s list). It’s so refreshing when you find online courses that actually give you a caffeine free buzz ‘cuz you’re so excited to begin! Oh, the possibilities. And the Christmas Gift possibilities! Grab your gold sharpie and a set of battery operated candles (that’s my idea for a gift!).
Why should lettering, one of the most versatile and exciting forms of communication, be restricted to a sheet of paper? Explore the possibilities of composition and creativity by lettering on surfaces and objects.
Joseph Alessio teaches the techniques and tricks that go into crafting quality lettering, going over the basics and some of the lesser known principles behind letterforms, and then walks through his process in creating his popular TypeLimited violin pieces, guiding you in creating your own piece of typographic art. Get your hands dirty and take your love of letterforms to a new level!
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