I've a hand-lettered card to share today with some illustrated accents. It was an exercise for a hand-lettering class I'm taking on Skillshare by Mary Kate McDevitt. The class takes you through the first steps of hand-lettering from concept to sketch. It's not exactly for complete beginners, you're expected to have some experience in actually drawing letters.
The first step was to pick a phrase or quotation, no more than 10 words that we would like to hand-letter. The lessons (including videos) then take you through exploring inspiration, some basics of lettering, sketching and finalizing your drawing. It's not a speedy process, it takes time to develop the initial idea, refine sketches until you have the final drawing but I really enjoyed it and found it very helpful.
Once I was happy with my final sketch I transferred it onto some good quality paper in pencil and colored using watercolor paints. To add a little dimension to some of the lettering I used colored pencils to shade in a drop shadow.
I didn't just draw the letters off the top of my head, I used fonts for visual reference. I can definitely see how you need a lot of practice to improve, my lettering was pretty wonky at the beginning, it's not perfect now but I think it's getting a bit better!
It's the spacing I find tricky sometimes, depending on the font and keeping a consistent thickness for each letter in a word. Some fonts are definitely easier than others. It's funny the letters were the only part I really had to work hard at, the illustrated accents really flowed around the words naturally.
Ok, that's all for now. I've a few projects to finish off. Hopefully I'll be back soon with some more hand-lettering or maybe some more hand-carved stamps! : )