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Lovely Letters: Perfecting the Art of Word Design



"I prefer the pen. There is something elemental about the glide and flow of nib and ink on paper." James Robertson

Hand lettering is my love language. When done right, it makes anything feel special and fancy. It's also one of the most difficult skills I've ever attempted to learn. My natural handwriting is large and sloppy. Lettering takes skill, precision and practice and is most definitely an art form when perfected.

Have you ever heard of illustrator and designer Jessica Hische? She is such a talented crafter of lettering and typefaces, and I look at her work regularly for inspiration. In fact, one of my favorite wedding presents was a set of hand-lettered prints representing my husband's and my monograms. Her pieces are so preciously crafted and feel special hanging in my living room.

H letter

'H' print from illustrator Jessica Hische

I may never be as proficient or talented at hand lettering as Jessica Hische, but I still find it a fun skill to tackle. How to Draw and Paint: Lettering & Word Design provides a helpful foundation for getting started as well as inspiration for those already familiar with lettering. 

One of my favorite fonts from this book is the simple and classic Zenful. It's so sturdy and beautiful−just an elegant and timeless look with clean lines and slight serifs.

Image excerpted from How to Draw & Paint: Lettering & Word Design

How would you incorporate lettering and word design into your art repertoire?

 


Heather Linder

Heather is a journalist and writer living in Chicago with her composer husband and art-loving puppy, Lancelot. She's on an endless quest for the city's best coffee and is endlessly inspired by Chicago's magnificent skyline. Heather is a bookworm, aspiring chef, and NPR fanatic. She's in the process of teaching her beagle to use a French press and overcoming her fear of DIY.



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