So you want to set yourself up for lettering success in 2019? Then take a look at the ten videos below - all selected because of their ability to inspire, instruct, and motivate. Have your markers or Apple Pencil standing by and enjoy.
Lettering Artistry with Jessica Hische
This brief video covers all the bases - some Hische history, a case study, and insight into Jessica’s lettering process (check out those beautiful notebooks!). Jessica’s lettering skills can appear somewhat intimidating, but you realize that it comes from a passion for design and a ton of practice - something we can all achieve if we dedicate ourselves to the craft.
Create Your Own Hand Lettered Christmas Card with Dina Rodriguez
What’s not to like about Dina Rodriguez? She’s talented, warm, funny, sincere, giving . . . need I go on? I could! Dina is great to follow because she has soooooo much great advice - not just about lettering, but running a business, marketing, dealing with clients, etc. She packs so many gems into her videos, you just want to watch more. Check out her holiday lettering tutorial above!
3D Lettering with Chelsea Ekberg
I hadn’t heard of Chelsea Ekberg until researching content for this post, so I now feel greatly enlightened. Here, we take a look at lettering on the iPad through Procreate. Lots of tips to pull from this tutoiral: 3D type, shading, ProCreate tools, etc. Chelsea’s skills are downright spooky.
James Patterson - How to Letter Using a Brush
Put your iPad down for a minute and pay attention (unless you’re reading this with your iPad, then - by all means - please stay on your iPad!) In this video, graphic designer and hand lettering artist, James Patterson walks you through the foundation of script lettering using a brush.
Jon Contino on How to Design a Secret Society Bandana
I love watching Jon Contino work. He makes it ok to express yourself, to be honest and free. I absolutely love his style and ethos. In this video, Jon incorporates lettering, illustration, and basic design principles to create art for a bad-ass bandana.
Live Lettering With Martina Flor
Time for a deep dive into lettering craft with Martina Flor. Martina’s skills are second to none, but she has a wonderful way of keeping lettering accessible and explaining letterform structure to give you basic rules to sketch by.
Mary Kate McDevitt Profile
This is a great summary of how Mary Kate McDevitt found her passion for hand lettering. Embracing imperfection and one’s own personality will never go out of style.
Roundhand Lettering Demo by Glen Weisgerber
Glen looks and letters like a rock star. Go ahead and watch the first 30 seconds - oh, those curves! Glen talks through a few tips and tools, but this video is mostly about watching a master of the craft.
Hand Painting Signs with Wayne Tanswell
Never heard of a mahl stick? Well, you have now. Check out this thorough and well-paced sign painting tutorial with letterer Wayne Tanswell. There’s plenty to learn from here, no matter how you prefer to draw letterforms.
Creating Texture With a Balsa Wood Brush with Gemma O’Brien
Clear off your dining room table and grab some balsa wood. This tutorial from letterer Gemma O’Brien walks you through her style and methods for experimenting. The results are beautiful.