Hand Drawn Lettering


Continually updated post.

Recently I’ve gotten into practising hand drawn type. I really like the calligraphy style of writing and at the moment I’m trying to get better at it. I’ve been looking a lot online for inspiration and help on techniques. I follow a few Instagram pages and they pop up on my feed with lots of different styles and ways of drawing letters.

@loosestandards, Nick Bronx

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A hand letterer from NYC, he creates really incredible and interesting letterforms. He sometimes posts videos of his process to create what looks like really complicated letters. This is the level I want to be at because I love how the words become work of art in itself but can also be combined with imagery to create bigger pieces of work. I like being able to use my own type designs within my work and I want to learn to use more illustrative type like this guy does within his work.

Daviher Loredo

Found on Behance

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Loredo is a graphic designer and typographer. He creates incredible illustrative type, designed as a poster or combined on top of an image. I like how on one piece of his work, ‘Romanticism & Lettering’, he combined his calligraphy on top of imagery that makes the work have an element of old and new design. On this work he also shows a stop motion of his process which shows how much work goes into to creating letterforms which look so effortless.

Andy Rementer, ‘Nice’ poster for Printed Pages

He created this letterforms by painting them, using a flat-edged brush along with creating other symbols to go on the poster. It was a simple but effective approach creating bold letterforms. I like this way of painting a letter because you get a flat, crisp effect as you would if you were to draw out a letter on illustrator. If I try to create letters like this they tend to be uneven I have to use Illustrator to enhance them so perfecting painting letters like these is something I want to aspire to do.


Author: ellenreiddesign

First year Graphic Communication student at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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