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Hand-Lettering for Beginners

Designer Adam Vicarel uses a step-by-step approach to teach you how to create your own gorgeous hand-lettering using simple materials that you probably already have at home.
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Overview

You don't have to be a graphic designer to achieve the gorgeous hand-lettering that you see in logos, cards and even T-shirts! Designer Adam Vicarel uses a step-by-step approach to teach you how to create your own stunning designs using simple materials that you probably already have at home.

About

Adam Vicarel
Adam Vicarel

INSTITUTION

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Denver-based designer Adam Vicarel fuses classic design principles with fine art techniques, bringing a unique aesthetic through the use of lettering, typography and illustration. He is a regular adventure seeker, and his work is often a clear derivative of his passion for new cultures and experiences. Adam has a BFA in Visual Communication Design from the University of Dayton.

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Starting a Project

01: Starting a Project

Meet Adam and start by reviewing the key terms you'll be using throughout class to increase your understanding of hand-lettering as a practice. After that, Adam leads you through some warm-up exercises.

31 min
Tracing & Transferring

02: Tracing & Transferring

Adam shares techniques to help you refine your sketch and achieve a clean tracing of your final design. Find out how to transfer your design to paper and get tips on making adjustments to your letterforms.

12 min
Inking & Variations

03: Inking & Variations

Adam walks you through inking your design, then shares various options for enhancing it, both around and inside the text.

17 min
Working With Multiple Words

04: Working With Multiple Words

Get started on your second project: a design that involves drawing multiple words. Adam takes you through the design considerations, and shows you how to create a composition that works with the meaning of the phrase.

26 min
Multiple Typographic Styles

05: Multiple Typographic Styles

Once you're comfortable combining multiple words, focus on combining type styles. Adam shares a few different approaches to help you think of your words as shapes and create a design that's interesting, yet cohesive.

16 min
Finishing & Surface Options

06: Finishing & Surface Options

End class by tracing, transferring and inking your final design. Take a look at a variety of different surfaces to which you can transfer your design and complete it, including a wall!

14 min