Hand lettering is a beautiful art form which is easy to fall in love with. Its power has great impact on society. Yes, fonts and lettering are functional, helping us communicate words, but there is so much more. Fonts can evoke emotions, tell stories, influence our mood or choices, and even trigger memories.
Here are a few examples of my hand lettering adventures:
Gaining skill in any new art form takes practice; muscle memory must be created to allow for lines to flow. Remember the numerous pages of practice loops in elementary school when learning cursive writing? Consequently, all that practice made for quick, beautiful letters which required very little thought in creating.
Adobe Illustrator and Hand Lettering
Along with learning letter forms and styles of hand lettering, I decided to explore adobe illustrator. I’ll be honest, it was the source of many headaches for me. Determination builds strength! I persevered, and even though I still have tons of learning to do it is getting easier. …the headaches are less frequent.
In this practice piece I incorporated hand lettering with illustrator. It was fun playing with the different tools that illustrator has to offer. Some days I felt like a kid in a candy store – too many choices. How would I ever decide?
Portrait drawing is an art form that I can completely lose myself in – hours feel like minutes. Sometimes however, I have an innate desire to learn more and try new techniques, that is the case with lettering. Follow my weekly progress on Instagram @eisycindy to see where my hand lettering journey takes me.