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In Progress: See Inside a Lettering Artist's Sketchbook and Process, from Pencil to Vector Hardcover – September 15, 2015
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"Jessica Hische has condensed her remarkable story into a great resource covering every aspect of her trade as a lettering artist. The artist from Pennsylvania was hired straight out of school by her design idol, Louise Fili, based on a self-promotional project she sent to Fili. Hische then moved to New York City, where she worked day and night until she discovered her passion for lettering. The story is told in a confessional manner that perfectly echoes how Hische is when you encounter her at conferences: a whirlwind of talent, energy, and creativity. This inspiring and informative book is relevant to anyone interested in hand lettering." - Communication Arts
About the Author
Jessica Hische is a letterer and illustrator based in San Francisco. Forbes has twice recognized her in its annual 30 Under 30 list in the art and design category.
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What I respect about Hische is that she's willing to share her secrets. If you've taken her Skillshare classes, there's a lot of repetitive info here, but even so it's great to have it in documented form so that you don't have to go back and watch the videos. If you haven't, well, prepare to get a lot of information thrown onto you that makes this a must-have manual for any aspiring letterer. What I believe is new content not seen in her video and on her website are all of the sketches, right down to the erased lines and pencil indents on the paper. The sketches not being 'retouched' to look perfect is absolutely wonderful and reassuring that not even the best letters get their lines right the first time. Hische shows her process for an intricate print featuring her most famous quote from beginning to finish, and then dives into different work she's done for clients. All of it is gorgeous, and I would be totally content with just a book of her work, but her sketches and rationales for everything bring it to life so much more.
Not to mention, this is one gorgeous book inside and out. The hardcover is thick and vibrant, the interior is designed so well, and you can tell so much care was taken with the presentation. It's a masterpiece as far as design books go and sets the standard for lettering books to come.
So props to the author for lifting the curtain surrounding the process a bit, but disappointment that she does not pull it back completely and show projects from beginning to end.
I read the Kindle version and am happy to report that it is great. Lots of custom typefaces and impeccable formatting. A lot of work went into the design of the digital version, which most publishers would treat as an afterthought.
I've brought SOOOOO MANY books on lettering, and this one is the BEST I've ever read. It's the only book I've encountered that actually walks you through the process of building a letterform from the inside out (as opposed to just ~*copying*~ and ~*tracing*~ typefaces until you can regurgitate them perfectly).
The way that Jessica describes how to draw the "bones" and "body" of a letterform—and combines those descriptions with typographic knowledge—makes it SO simple for me to understand the lettering process. It really opened my eyes to a new way of drawing and helped to bridge the gap between my ~*drawing brain*~ and my ~*design brain*~.
Learning this new approach has made me feel both confident and EXCITED to experiment with my own style while still having a design foundation to fall back on.
Haven't made it to the vector section yet, but I can't wait to keep going!