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Lettering with Purpose: Creative techniques and prompts for making meaningful, inspirational hand-lettered art Paperback – September 1, 2017
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Lately I have been hit with the “creative bug”, I have always wanted to understand drawing, in particular, how people produce such lovely and radical fonts. The author does well to encourage her readers to not be shy if they are concerned with perfecting their handwriting. It is not about perfect handwriting, it is about learning to express yourself through lettering.
Each page is full of clear instructions, guides, and photos. There is no way to misunderstand any of her instructions. She even gives details on how to get your lettering “digitized” for logos or your business using photo editing programs and she explains it in such a gentle and fun way you could be well on your way to producing great lettering art.
This guide comes complete with 100 prompts to inspire your own lettering so you can get started. Be warned that you will need the proper materials for this kind of art. The author is very clear on the kind of pens, brushes and paper you will need.
I think my favorite sections were the digital lettering sections and galaxy lettering. Very cool pieces of artwork and inspiring. In fact, Lettering With Purpose is such a great reference and guide to have, I added it to my “Wish List” because just reviewing the digital galley is not enough, I must have this book in my hands. Highly recommended!
*This book was given to me free for review from Netgalley
One of my biggest complaints is that the e-galley version that I received had to be read on the computer using Adobe Digital Editions. I've used this software for a few review books in the past, but it isn't my preferred method of reading a book. However, I figure maybe this particular book doesn't translate to a Kindle Edition in the best way. What that means for me is that when I came to sections where the book provides room to practice, I had to use a sketch book. This normally wouldn't bother me, except for the 100 prompts at the end of the book. And as this wasn't a book that I purchased for myself, there were restrictions on printing. All of that means that my allotted time I've been given to read and review this book will likely expire before I can make my way through each of the 100 prompts. And that makes me sad. But it does motivate me to perhaps go out and buy this book for myself once it releases anyway.
The tutorial content provided in Lettering With Purpose wasn't much different or much more detailed than I've found in the YouTube videos that I've watched. But Brittany Luiz does offer one particular tip that has helped me above all others that I've found. That's on the upstroke of a letter--which should appear thin in contrast to a thick downstroke--use as little pressure on the pen as possible to create the line. She also goes into a good bit of detail on the amount of pressure needed on the downstroke which helped me as well. I had previously been really struggling with making the transition between my downstrokes and upstrokes in thickness due to the incorrect amount of pressure I was applying to the pen in both cases. Beyond that though, I found most of the information presented was information that I'd already received.
One small frustration is that there were a couple of step by step tutorials within the book that required more products than your basic brush pen. These tutorials would be great if I had the products that she references on hand. But the materials needed aren't something that a beginner should likely have. These were great for showing some of the versatility in what all you can do with hand lettering, but disheartening as I didn't feel like I could actually complete the tutorials.
All of that being said, I'd be willing to spend the money to purchase Lettering With Purpose for the sole reason of the 100 prompts at the end of the book that I mentioned already. These prompts are ideas to help you determine what to hand letter when you're stuck, and specifically what to hand letter that will be meaningful to you and unique from the thousands or other pieces done by someone else.
Lettering With Purpose is a great guide to beginner hand lettering with a hint of the potential that it can become. Even though a lot of the information wasn't entirely new to me, someone just starting out and not having researched much at all about the art will find everything they need to know to get started. I particularly like the prompts at the end of the book to get you inspired with things that are meaningful to you that you can hand letter. Lettering With Purpose gets 4 Stars from me. Have you read Lettering With Purpose? What did you think? Let me know!
Examples of my own hand lettering and Bible Art Journaling can be found with this review on my blog Somewhere Only We Know.
She started by explaining the anatomy of a letter, how to make calligraphy-style letters, and suggested tools and materials. She talked about other styles of lettering, how to lay out a phrase to make a cool-looking design, how to digitize your work, how to add flowers and such as a way to fill in block letters or frame a phrase, and more. She provided a step-by-step guide for 5 easy-looking projects and 100 writing prompts to get you busy practicing various words.
This book left me feeling eager to try out lettering and made it seem both do-able and fun. I'd certainly recommend it.
I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.