I’ve been doing lettering for quite some time now – but I always say that there is always something new to learn. Most of the time, I get insights from students in class because they give out a fresh perspective on how to draw letters.
I’ve compiled some of the best ones here from the challenge and I’ll be sharing tips on how to improve your lettering for today. 🙂
Before working on your final artwork, it’s important to experiment with a lot of drafts – it opens up options on different ways to create layouts. Aside from having a lot of choices, doing drafts also exercises your creative juices and not limit yourself to just a particular set of font styles.
After working on your drafts, it’s time to play around with your fonts – opt to add patterns or mixing up your serifs, sans serifs & scripts – you’ll be surprised at the infinite combination styles you’ll come up with. Fineliner pens are handy tools for this since they come in different weights (from thick to thin), making it easier to add variety to your letters.
If you’d like to work with color, watercolors are your best bet – take it up another notch by working with gradient styles. Gradients can be a combination of colors within the same family (analogous) or the total opposite (complementary). This effect can be achieved by incorporating water and “pulling” the colors as you move from one letter to another. Takes a lot of practice but the possibilities are endless!
I’ve recently discovered the beauty of adding watercolor washes to your background. Instead of just having a plain white background, adding washes makes your work even more vibrant and put together. My tip is leaving it out to dry for at least 2-3 hours and use heavy duty watercolor paper (300GSM).
Lastly, level up your letters by making them illustrative, or adding illustrations. Think outside the box and compose different elements that could represent letterforms. Letterforms come in different shapes and sizes so it’s a great avenue to try doodling and drawing.
If you’re participating in the challenge, we have a few more prompts to go until Day 21! I have a big announcement on the 21st day so for those who have been part of the challenge since Day 1, stay tuned. 🙂
On another note, I have opened 2 lettering classes this July & August. Click here to sign up!
This will be my last few classes for the year to make way for other projects and events. Hope to see you!
Hope these tips helped in improving your lettering. You can join the ABCs Book Challenge to help hone your skills and track your progress.
Any tips/questions you’re curious to ask? Leave a comment below.