DND Lettering Styles Week Five. This week I focused drawing one letter in different styles. It’s a great way to develop your own style!
DND Lettering Styles Week Five
This week I focused on drawing one letter in different styles. Not only is it fun, it’s a great way to develop your own style. Using just one letter allows you to focus on even the most subtle differences between letters.
I did two main exercises all with the letter “i”.
Lettering Styles: Exercise One
For the above picture, I took my small Rhodia Dot Pad and pulled nearly all my Favorite Lettering Books for Inspiration of my bookshelves. Using a pencil, I sketch out a bunch of “i’s” in various styles that caught my eye.
- You can find the mini Rhodia Dot Pads here.
- I use Blackwing Pencils. These blues ones were a special edition set but I also have the 602s and the Pearls.
Drawing one letter in different styles
Put it into practice! Pick one letter and draw it in at least 5-10 styles.
You can find inspiration in books, magazines, on Pinterest, etc.
Lettering Styles: Exercise Two
This exercise was inspired by an online class I just took by Gemma O’Brien. If you follow her work on Instagram, you already know she has serious lettering skills. I was so excited to see that she launched a Skillshare class called Illustrated Lettering: Drawing Intricate Floral Forms.
Planning is Essential
This was one of the top five classes I’ve taken on Skillshare (and I’ve taken a whole lot of them)! I’ve talked about this many times with you all: planning your work is essential. Gemma’s instruction on this was perfection. I always love the planning phase. Pulling inspiration for your piece can be a lot of fun. You can see some of my “mood board” pieces in the photo below.
Time to Sketch
After I decided on a letter style, I got to work sketching it out and adding in the floral details. I always sketch in pencil first. Then, I got to work inking and adding finer details with various widths of drawing pens!
Supplies used for this piece:
- Huion Light Pad (I have the A4 size)
- Canson Marker Paper
- Blackwing Pencils (another limited edition one)
- Drawing Pens (Tombows or Microns are a great option)
All done! I have some work to do to be as great at Gemma, but it’s a good start!
All those little details take a ton of time. I totally watched Netflix while I worked on that part of the drawing!
If you take Gemma’s Illustrated Lettering: Drawing Intricate Floral Forms class I’d love to hear if you enjoyed it as much as I did!