Earlier forms of calligraphic alphabet appeared in 3-rd millennium B. The predecessor of the Latin alphabet was an Etruscan alphabet.Initially used only when writing uppercase letters, lowercase emerged later, during the Carolingian period.
Joanne Sharpe shares 10 hand lettering techniques, from simple to complex, that are all simple to follow and fun to do, excerpted from her book now, you will also get a bonus hand lettering lesson free!
Hand lettering art can absolutely be a stress-free process, as you explore the components of letters and how they become art images.
Be inspired by each sample alphabet and imitate the details.
But don’t ever be afraid to put a little spin on the ideas to make the hand lettering reflect your own personal style and your creative voice.
Study famous artists and their signature styles, techniques and characteristics to create new letters. Study the style of your favorite artist and sketch the alphabet on the paper using a pencil.
This sampler imitates the typical colors, bulbous shapes and moving line forms in the art of Henri Matisse. This hand lettering example uses the whimsical colors and letter shapes inspired by Henri Matisse. Color the hand-drawn letters, creating rounded edges, drips and split tips to make a complete alphabet.The spread of Christianity gave rise to calligraphy in the West, due to the fact that it was necessary to copy Bible in a large circulation as well as other religious texts.The art of calligraphy reached its prosperity in VII-IX centuries in the Ireland and Scotland, where the monks created illuminated Gospels - masterpieces of medieval art. Some letters look quite mysterious and out-of-this-world.The style of artist of Georges Seurat is a playful inspiration for an artful alphabet font. Within each letter, use a dark, medium and light shade of the same color to create variation. Erase the pencil lines so the dots and dashes create the letterforms. In other letters, use the bullet tip to fill the letters with dashes going in a variety of directions.Using dots and dashes of color in the impressionistic pointillism style creates an optical treat as the energetic filler for hand-drawn letters. Combine dots and dashes within a letter for even more variation.The oriental aphorism says that the human beauty lies is the beauty of their writing.In our creative tasks we express ourselves; looking at the world we share our positive experience.But there is one point that I was actually right about in childhood: calligraphy is really old as a time.Moreover, Western calligraphy emerged out of antique writing formed in the ancient Rome.If you’ve never had formal lessons in calligraphy, try using a specific calligraphy marker to make a stylized alphabet with your own handwriting. Inside the lines, hold the Elegant Writer medium-sized calligraphy pen at a 45-degree angle and write the upper and lowercase alphabet. On the next row, write the letters with the same pen but on a slant for a slightly more stylized look. On the next row, write the letters at a back and forth slant with a flourish at the end, making the 45-degree angle of the pen do the work for you.You can achieve a lettering look unique to you using the features of a chisel-tip marker and being comfortable with your hand movement and letter formation. You can also explore a new look by wetting the edges of the letters with a waterbrush to let the ink pool out.