The Lettering Workshops

Book Description

In The Lettering Workshops, you’ll learn all about the art and practice of drawing letters using hands-on techniques in five workshops across 30 lessons! Whether you’re a beginner or a professional graphic designer, you'll quickly learn how to develop and advance your lettering skills.

In this richly illustrated book of lessons and exercises, you’ll find:

    5 Workshops to learn the art of drawing letters—from an introduction to brush lettering and lettering script to the decoration of letters; from the secrets of good composition to the process of digitization and vectorization of your type
    30 Exercises that gradually develop from beginner through intermediate and advanced difficulty
    16 Studies of works to understand what makes good lettering
    52 Inspirational contributions in featured galleries from international brands
    160 Pages for all skill levels
    26 Letters to learn and explore!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

    What Is Lettering?
    Why This Book?
    First Lesson
    Lettering, Calligraphy, or Typography?
    Basics and Technical Vocabulary

WORKSHOP 1: DISCOVERING BRUSH LETTERING

    Exercise 1: Find the Right Position
    Exercise 2: Set Up a Grid
    Exercise 3: Execute the First Movements
    Exercise 4: Place Letters
    Exercsise 5: Join the Letters
    Exercise 6: Retracing Your Tracks
    Work Studies
    Gallery

WORKSHOP 2: INITIATING SCRIPT LETTERING

    Exercise 1: Discover the Skeleton Technique
    Exercise 2: Trace an Alphabet
    Exercise 3: Draw a Full Word
    Exercise 4: Execute a Classic Script Letter
    Exercise 5: Out of Your Comfort Zone
    Work Studies
    Gallery

WORKSHOP 3: USING TYPOGRAPHICAL CHARACTERS

    Exercise 1: Decorate a Letter
    Exercise 2: A Complete Word Exercise
    Exercise 3: Go Further with a Vintage Style
    Exercise 4: Discover the Interlock
    Exercise 5: Work the Interlock
    Exercise 6: Realize Complete Lettering in Interlock
    Work Studies
    Gallery

WORKSHOP 4: THE SECRETS OF A GOOD COMPOSITION

    Exercise 1: Thinking in Block
    Exercise 2: Execute the First Sketches
    Exercise 3: Choose the Word Styles
    Exercise 4: Tracing the Skeleton
    Exercise 5: Develop and Finalize Your Track
    Work Studies
    Gallery

WORKSHOP 5: SCANNING AND VECTORIZATION

    Exercise 1: Scan and Prepare Your Lettering
    Exercise 2: First Steps to Vectorization
    Exercise 3: Testing the Summit Theory
    Exercise 4: Vectorize the Entire Set of Letters
    Exercise 5: Critiquing Vectorized Letters
    Exercise 6: Prepare Lettering without Vectorization
    Exercise 7: Isolate Lettering
    Exercise 8: Apply Texture
    Exercise 9: Finalizing the Composition
    Gallery
    The Artists in This Book
    Resources

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Iconography Credits
  6. Contents
  7. What is Lettering?
  8. Why this Book?
  9. First Immersion
    1. Lettering, Calligraphy, or Typography?
    2. Basic Concepts and Technical Vocabulary
  10. Workshop 1 | Discovering Brush Lettering
    1. Exercise 1 | Finding the Right Position
    2. Exercise 2 | Setting Up a Grid
    3. Exercise 3 | Carrying Out the First Motions
    4. Exercise 4 | Drawing the Letters
    5. Exercise 5 | Connecting the Letters
    6. Exercise 6 | Reworking Your Drafts
    7. Analysis of Lettering Samples
    8. Gallery
  11. Workshop 2 | Introduction to Script Lettering
    1. Exercise 1 | Discovering the Skeleton Technique
    2. Exercise 2 | Drawing an Alphabet
    3. Exercise 3 | Drawing a Complete Word
    4. Exercise 4 | Lettering in a Classic Script
    5. Exercise 5 | Leaving Your Comfort Zone!
    6. Analysis of Lettering Samples
    7. Gallery
  12. Workshop 3 | Using Typographic Characters
    1. Exercise 1 | Embellishing a Letter
    2. Exercise 2 | Practicing on a Complete Word
    3. Exercise 3 | Going Further with Vintage Style
    4. Exercise 4 | Discovering Interlock
    5. Exercise 5 | Practicing Interlock with Serifs
    6. Exercise 6 | Producing a Complete Interlock Lettering Project
    7. Analysis of Lettering Samples
    8. Gallery
  13. Workshop 4 | The Secrets of Good Composition
    1. Exercise 1 | Thinking in Terms of the Block
    2. Exercise 2 | Completing the First Sketches
    3. Exercise 3 | Choosing the Styles for Each Word
    4. Exercise 4 | Drawing the Skeleton
    5. Exercise 5 | Developing and Finalizing Your Path
    6. Analysis of Lettering Samples
    7. Gallery
  14. Workshop 5 | Digitization and Vectorization
    1. Exercise 1 | Digitizing and Preparing Your Lettering Project
    2. Exercise 2 | First Steps in Vectorization
    3. Exercise 3 | Testing the Vertex Theory
    4. Exercise 4 | Vectorizing the Entire Lettering Project
    5. Exercise 5 | Critiquing Your Vectorized Lettering Project
    6. Exercise 6 | Preparing Your Lettering Project without Vectorization
    7. Exercise 7 | Isolating the Lettering
    8. Exercise 8 | Adding Texture to the Lettering Project
    9. Exercise 9 | Finalizing the Composition
    10. Gallery
  15. Artists Represented in this Book
  16. Resources

Product Information

  • Title: The Lettering Workshops
  • Author(s): Francis Chouquet
  • Release date: November 2018
  • Publisher(s): Rocky Nook
  • ISBN: 9781681984469