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The Art of Brush Lettering: A Stroke-by-Stroke Guide to the Practice and Techniques of Creative Lettering and Calligraphy Paperback – November 28, 2017
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The Art of Brush Lettering
A meditative approach to creating print and script, freestyle, and other special effects.
Exercise: Lowercase f
When it comes to the lowercase f, we have a combination of an ascender loop and descender loop combined in one stroke; however, the descender loop is reversed and drawn on the right side of the downstroke, not the left.
1. I often draw my letter f with the entrance stroke as an integral part of a diagonal upstroke to create that ascender loop, but you can also draw them separately.
2. There are many variations of the height of the letter f and its extension below the baseline. Usually, my f does not reach the cap line, and the top of the ascender loop is between the waistline and the cap line. Similarly, my descender loop part of the f does not quite reach the descender line either.
3. When the reverse descender loop comes back up, I draw it to meet the downstroke at the baseline.
4. Then, I exit with a light upstroke to the right.
Also includes instructions on:
Drawing lines beside your strokes and letters is the easiest way to create an illusion of depth and dimension. Many hand lettering artists creatively use drop shadows in every way imaginable to help make their designs pop, or come to life.
Flourishes can be written around the space of the word and letters just to add decoration.
To create a more dramatic look, you can raise other letters above the baseline. In fact, a common term to describe modern calligraphy is bouncy lettering. You can see why the word bounce is used to describe this style—the letters appear to be bouncing up and down like a ball.
About the Author
Kelly Klapstein is the founder and owner of KellyCreates, an online provider of instruction and inspiration for brush lettering. After a decade of teaching high school English, along with writing and developing curriculum, Kelly now runs her site and lettering business full time. She is also a designer and writer for Creative Scrapbooker magazine, and travels and teaches workshops around the world, sharing her love of lettering with a global creative community. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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I started brush lettering pretty much like Kelly, practicing letters before I knew there was an order to my madness. Kelly must have noticed she could help us newbies by starting a beginners class on Facebook. On September 1st our Beginner’s class began. We started out learning which paper and pens where the best to use, then learning posture, the proper way to hold the barrel of the pen and the correct angle of placing pen to paper.
Then came the pencil practices. Everyone wants to begin writing words right from the start, but she assured us that the pencil practices and muscle memory were just as important as the beautiful lettering. After a week of practicing upstrokes with light pressure and downstrokes with a heavier pressure we moved on to over and under turns, compound turns, ascender and descender loops and finally the ovals. Each day she posted a live feed class so we could ask questions, see exactly the correct way to do our drills and post our homework. Yes, she gives out homework. Most importantly she gave us all Positive Feedback and praise, which goes a long way to any beginner.
Then we learned to write our first word. “It”. Just in time for that scary movie of the same name, lol. Kelly then added more letters in a different order than the abc order. Using letters that use the forms of underturns and overturns, then the compound curves, and acenders and descender loops then ovals. Now we were on our way to drawing beautiful letters.
In her new book, she is teaching those who have a love for learning brush lettering these same skills. As I read her printed words, I can hear her calming voice as if she was teaching our classes.
If you have a desire to learn “The Art of Brush Lettering”, I highly recommend you purchasing her book. You will learn from start to finish how to correctly accomplish the art of lettering with this book, which includes step by step instructions and practice sheets.
I hope you all enjoy this journey as much as I have.
Thank you so much Kelly for sharing your amazing talents with all who wish to learn this beautiful skill.