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Hand-Lettering Ledger: A Practical Guide to Creating Serif, Script, Illustrated, Ornate, and Other Totally Original Hand-Drawn Styles Paperback – March 25, 2014
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Mary Kate McDevitt is an illustrator and graphic designer known for her text-based prints and Mini Goal Chalkboard designs. Her work has been praised by SwissMiss, Print, Poppytalk, Apartment Therapy, Design*Sponge and more.
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Even though I bought a used copy (in very good condition) I still felt a bit ripped-off, lied to ...in as much as I thought I was buying 190 pages of "Hand Lettering."
Should have paid more attention to the word "Ledger" in the title. To bad. The publisher was on their way to created a good book, but stop 30% into the job.
The book itself looks nice, so even if it just sits on your shelf or coffee table, at least it looks good doing it.
A variety of styles and lettering options for inspiration
Not much in the way of step-by-step instructions. It gives you good ideas, but doesn't really show you how to accomplish it on your own, especially as a beginner. So the "practical" part is lacking
The majority (seriously.... more than 50%) of the book is just blank practice pages. Uh... I'm not going to mar this nice little book with my sad attempts at recreating the lettering.
As a professional designer/illustrator experimenting with hand-lettering, there is some great inspiration here. The book gives simple tips and tricks to help from sketching to final. Coming from an artistic background, I found it very easy to understand, with a decent assortment of examples and process techniques. Nothing revolutionary, just a short at-a-glance inspiration guide for when you're stuck or experimenting with type. It's not an in-depth guide by any means, and if you need that sort of thing look elsewhere.
I would have been ecstatic and felt so much more value if it was filled with more examples, and no sketching pages. If the author released a similar book fleshed out with more examples, or cut the crap and released a cheaper first part, I would happily buy it and recommend it other creatives. In it's current state, it is just too odd to justify the price.
These book is not very thick. It has 192 pages BUT it is not a full book on tips and how-tos. It has plenty of pages that are either lined, or graphed so that you can practice on your hand lettering.
So, if you want a book that is full of how-tos from front to back then this book is not for you. However, if you just want to brush up on your lettering, pick up some tips on the author's styles then this is a good book to have.