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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.
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.
Was very disappointed to learn that half of the book are "blank" areas for you to practice in. I hardly enjoy marking up college textbooks and would never write in a book just to preserve its appearance. Reminded me of the old kids Klutz brand books where you learn something fun.
I like that there are many examples of work and a variety of styles, it is good if you want some inspiration and are about to hand letter.
Would be happy with a book FULL of illustrations instead of weird practice areas. I would also be okay with 2-3 in depth tutorials on how to translate something from pencil to computer instead of so many different examples since they get repetitive. All of the sample pages and alphabets could easily get pushed onto maybe 6 pages instead. If I wanted a sketchbook I could buy one from an art store or just grab a piece of paper. Cute, but wouldn't necessarily recommend unless you really want to doodle.