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The Joy of Lettering: A creative exploration of contemporary hand lettering, typography & illustrated typeface Paperback – October 17, 2016
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About the Author
Artist, author, and illustrator Gabri Joy Kirkendall specializes in hand lettering, watercolor, and pen and ink. She is a co-author of Creative Painting & Beyond, The Joy of Lettering, and the bestselling title Creative Lettering and Beyond, which has been featured by Pioneer Woman, Creative Market, Brit + Co, Oh My! Handmade, Life Your Way, Letter Shoppe, and The Letter Belle, among others. Gabri is the artist and owner of Gabri Joy Studios, a successful online business based in the Pacific Northwest that specializes in fine art prints, invitations, branding, wedding stationery, and custom lettering.
The Joy of Lettering co-author Jaclyn Escalera has years of experience in corporate design, non-profit design, and small business branding. She has lived and worked as a designer in Oahu, Texas, and the Pacific Northwest. During her studies at university, her passion for art and design led her to pursue an international design internship with OceanBarefoot Creative Agency in London. She holds a BFA with an emphasis in graphic design and a minor in art history. Today she runs her freelance business JAE Creative in Austin, Texas. Jaclyn specializes in custom branding, lettering, illustration, and graphic design. She has a deep connection to the military community and volunteers her professional skills to improve military family program promotional materials and unit brand design. She was awarded the Honorable Order of Our Lady of Loreto for her support and service to the Army Aviation Community. Jaclyn is a member of AIGA, the professional association for design.
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You can expect to learn about the elements of letters and what their structures are composed of, the history and evolution of lettering, and a strong focus on style. This section was a favorite of mine, and includes fun aspects including styles such as mid-century modern, medieval, southwestern, tribal and many more.
Illustrative lettering is covered in depth, guiding you how to incorporate floral design, patterns and even animals inside a letter's structure. You will also explore negative space and using shapes as guides.
Alternative media is always a fun route for any project, whether it be something you're crafting or designing. Paper cutting, metallics and found materials are just a few of the exciting outside-of-the-box thinking you will be challenged on. These projects are excellent triggers of inspiration, not to mention the abundance of pictorials you will be walked through in a variety of do-it-yourself projects.