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In Progress: See Inside a Lettering Artist's Sketchbook and Process, from Pencil to Vector (Hand Lettering Books, Learn to Draw Books, Calligraphy Workbook for Beginners) Hardcover – September 15, 2015
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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.
This book differs in the fact that the author displays her past client work and explains the whole process from sketch to production. She explains the different choices she made and why. The best parts are when she had to upgrade old logos and she pointed out what worked and what didn’t work in the old one and the steps she took to make the new one look similar but better. She also gives advice on good ways to work with vector shapes when making your final designs in a vector program.
I feel like I finally learned a lot about how to determine a good typefaces from a bad one. However, I do think I was able to absorb the information in this book better because I have studied this topic before, but I still think this is a book for beginners.
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.
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plus the book is extremely nice to hold and read.
Will be coming back to this book again when stuck
L'unica pecca, come hanno già segnalato altri lettori, è il corpo del carattere che in alcune pagine è troppo piccolo, oppure su fondo rosso, quasi illeggibile. Nel complesso però una lettura emozionante che mi ha molto arricchito. Vivamente consigliato.
Das Buch beschreibt den gesamten Vorgang, vom Brainstorming, über Thumbnails, Stylefindung bis hin zum endgültigen Vektorisieren, inklusive wertvolle Einblicke in die Setzung der Ankerpunkte etc etc. Als Vorwort gibt es eine kurze inspirierende Autobiografie der Autorin und Künstlerin. Den Abschluss bilden sehr viele verschiedene Arbeiten und Skizzen ihrerseits. Ich habe mich bisher noch nie wirklich mit Handlettering befasst, habe aber gutes Grundwissen über Vektorprogramme und Design und fühle mich bestens vorbereitet, dieses Feld für mich zu erkunden.
Das Buch kam übrigens unbeschädigt.