- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Pigeon Letters, The (January 17, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0998558508
- ISBN-13: 978-0998558509
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 223 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ultimate Brush Lettering Guide: A Complete Step-by-Step Creative Workbook to Jump Start Modern Calligraphy Skills Paperback – January 17, 2017
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About the Author
Peggy is native to the Pacific Northwest and is a nationally recognized freelance artist, with worldwide publications as a platform artist. Her specialties include hand lettering and modern calligraphy, line drawing, watercolor illustrations and graphic design, while her skills range vastly in the world of creativity. Peggy is an online instructor and hosts an informational blog and maintains an instructional social media to inspire people to create.
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1. CON - It's so friggin hard to read...like it's hurting my eyes to try to digest what is written on the pages because every single text in the book in in either a handwritten CAPITAL LETTER FONT, or in script!! And the lines spacing is very close together making it a strain to read. Like whattt?! I had to put the book down several times because of this frustration. If this book is ever reprinted, please consider using a standard san serif font and then script/handlettering so it stands out. Really takes away from the book. Less is more.
2. PRO - lots and lots of practical great quality content. If you can get past #1
3. Great guide for beginners to intermediate, with tutorials and practice pages
Overall: I don't know if I'd recommend it because #1 is a huge distraction for me. But at the same time I really want to improve my lettering so I plan to keep it.
Hope this helps :-)
*DON'T get the Kindle version though. I thought it would be nice to be able to have it on my iPad, but the pages aren't formatted correctly so each page I had to zoom in just to read it! Plus I couldn't figure out how to print the practice pages either and those are kind of necessary! So I returned the Kindle one and bought the physical book.
Problems with the physical book:
- at least five typos, one misaligned subheader, and a weird phantom half-printed image in one spot
- printed on thin paper (not good when you're going to be photocopying practice pages; you can totally see through to the other side)
- is designed in black and gray, and many many of the small gray details are difficult to make out
One of the Amazon reviews was complaining about the whole thing being written in brush lettering. I thought that would annoy me, too, but it wound up being fine. I enjoyed seeing the various ways information could be arranged with this particular art form. It's all readable, except for a couple of really elaborate example words.
The information and ideas in this book are great for beginners. Even though it needs better editing and art direction, it makes me happy, and I think it'll be a good start to what will hopefully be a fun hobby.