7 Tips For Improving Your Hand Lettering

Almost five years ago I started getting really into drawing letters. I was 13/14 and I was a really bad student. Back in school I was very quiet, didn’t have a lot of friends and I have never paid attention to class, so I started writing my favorite song lyrics on the back of my notebooks and books and that’s what I was always doing, and since then, it’s become my passion.

So in this post I want to share with you some tips for you to get better at hand lettering.

  1. Keep a notebook/journal. Take it everywhere, so when you get bored you can start lettering.
  2. Practice every day. Hand Lettering is all about practicing. You can’t expect your designs to be perfect If this is your second time doing it, don’t be so hard on yourself. But try practicing everyday.
  3. If you can’t come up with anything to write, try song lyrics. Try some movie quotes. Anything, bible verses, your thoughts, etc. I always keep a Pinterest Board of phrases and quotes for that.
  4. Instagram. Instagram helped me a lot to discover other kinds of typography, helped me get inspired. So go follow other artists, and see their styles, and learn something from them, so you can start developing your own style.
  5. Seeing the before/after of your work is always very inspiring to see. When I look at my designs of 4 years ago, I seriously can’t believe how much I’ve improved. Always keep your work, take pictures of it and don’t give up!
  6. Watch videos, take classes! There are a lot of things you can learn from. I never took classes with a teacher, but I spent so much time watching youtube videos of how to do brush lettering, hand lettering, watercolors and you’ll be surprised by how much you can learn from youtube. If you’re willing to pay, there’s Skillshare, a website where you can take classes about anyhting you want, and I’ve been using it for 6 months now and I’ve learned so much.
  7. This is up to you, but I think that uploading your work to instagram can be great. Because as you keep having more followers who look up to you and your work, it makes you work harder, makes you want to be better everyday, and keep practicing.

I hope that you found these tips useful, and I hope you don’t give up on Hand Lettering, it’s a beautiful art.

Ale.

14 January, 2017
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