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Creative Lettering: Techniques & Tips from Top Artists Paperback – March 5, 2013
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"Creative Lettering" takes you through the basics of course; paper, pens, inks, paints & types of letters, but it goes far beyond the basics with sections written and designed (with accompanying projects and exercises) by some of the biggest names in lettering and calligraphy design today. Featured calligraphers include Andy Ainger, Francois Begnez, Flora Chang, Barbara Close ,Philippe Debongnie, Karyn Denten ,Aimee Dolich, Lisa Engelbrecht , Pam Garrison ,Stine Kaasa, Rhianna Lederman, Martha Lever, Linda Schneider, Jessica Swift ,Madeline Tomkins & Lori Vilegen.
I know that this book will become one of my "go to" books for calligraphic inspiration! It will live on the small bookcase that sits right on my design table, ready to pull out for a creative boost anytime that I feel the need!
If you are a lettering addled fan or an artist that just needs some added motivation -grab this book now ! It's a bargain!
Whether you're a new or seasoned illustrator who hasn't done much lettering, you'll helpful information and plenty of examples to stimulate your visual thinking. The first part of the book discusses the language of typography (such as, cap line and baseline). It also takes you through materials and supplies lists for doing the type of lettering projects in the book.
I recently received a copy of Sacred Calligraphy of the East for review and would also highly recommend that to anyone interested in Creative Lettering.
The book is loaded with fantastic sharing of contemporary creative lettering using a wide range of techniques, tools, and mediums. I was really impressed with the variety and plethora of examples included. Every page turn brought another delightful example from modern artists seen around the blogosphere.
The only minor criticism I would offer is that the Featured Fonts and Styles/Hands section has a few inaccurate details. For example, various typefonts are used to introduce specific styles. I feel this is a mistake because it is very misleading. The fonts for the Versals and Spencerian Script do not represent a true example of each style, as calligraphers or lettering artists would see them. Also, it states the description for Roundhand, also known as Foundational, "is a style ...similar to Copperplate Script." This is not true - Foundational Roundhand is a broad edge style (not pointed pen) and would actually be closer to an Italic or even Roman style.
However, this is such a minor section, it will not detract from the deliciousness of all the wonderful lettering jam-packed in the book. Highly recommend!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm kind of meh on this book. I was hoping more for "how to" tutorials, instead I have tracing paper and a pen.Published 2 months ago by J. Skinner
I love this book and it's companion. I am a "beginner" in "serious" lettering and this has been both encouraging and helpful. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Heidi
I've used the "fresh fun" alphabet on page 15 for many signs at my library. I really love this book!Published 3 months ago by Susaninacloud
If you need ideas....and running into Blanks, then this Book is for you.
I got this from the Library first, to see what it had to offer. Read more
I tried some of the ideas right away, and my sister liked the results. She is more of an artist than I am
It was very simple to try some of the examples out