Sometimes hand lettering is simple and fast. Other times, it takes many steps to reach a finished, final piece.
1. Initial Sketch
This first step is usually best in pencil. The initial sketch is the time to map out your idea as best you can.
Took used — Staedtler Lead Holder
Inking is my personal least favorite step. I am not very good at getting consistent lines and using pen makes me nervous. If I am planning to digitize my design (whether it’s hand lettering or some other illustration), I usually skip this.
Tool used — Sakura Pigma Micron
I personally like to import a photo of my design into Paper by 53 and trace over it. It’s true that I could have done the whole thing in the app, but I usually feel more comfortable creating an initial sketch with real pencil and paper.
Tool used — Paper and Pencil by 53
I imported the design I made in Paper into Adobe Illustrator and converted it into Vector artwork. Now I can easily overlay it on photos, change the color, etc. These examples were made using photos from Creative Market.
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