Thursday, February 13, 2014

Back to the Basics

In order to improve as a lettering artist I have to study letterform proportions. Lettering workshops sponsored by the Chicago Calligraphy Collective are an excellent source for improving skills. I recently attended the first 26 Seeds: A Year To Grow workshop taught by Reggie Ezell.  All participants practiced pencil Monolines on grid paper.

For the past couple weeks this pencil on grid study has been lettered hundreds of times in order to develop a better eye for lettering proportions. I am getting to the point in which I can letter Monoline in decent proportion with a pencil at any size  minus the grid paper. 


  1. Hello! I am a lifelong lover of hand lettering, but am only now starting to delve into the professional world of design with hand lettered pieces. I was wondering how you know how wide to make letters in proportion to the other letters? Is it a stylistic/preference sort of thing?

    1. I look at the overall contrast of letterforms and constantly measure all the thicks and thins during the vector drawing process. I also view the lettering at multiple sizes and reverse (white on black background.)

      Always a time consuming effort to get the overall weight and contrast setup to read properly. Every change or adjustment to a single letter has effect on the entire lettering piece.