That's what I told myself 3 years ago. It was really frustrating when the gap between expectation and reality is very wide. Maybe your someone who has been trying this out for a while. Maybe you're a complete beginner with zero experience. We all have one thing in common. All of our work will suck at the start.
Hey, just noticed how I phrased that. The key words there are "at the start". In every skill that we are trying to learn, we were all beginners at some point.
The caption was correct. It did suck! I was really shaky. My hand was all over the place. I couldn't even control the brush pen correctly. It was really hard. I felt frustrated every time I tried to write something! It also did not help that I keep on seeing a lot of great lettering and calligraphy work online.
As I was learning, I found out that there were 3 Basic Skills that you should learn first when getting started with lettering and calligraphy. In any course and workshop that I took, these were the constant topics that are often discussed first. Most beginners skip over these 3 Basic Skills and just go straight to writing.
I know this because I made the mistake of skipping one of these skills. When I look back, I felt that my improvement could have been a lot faster if I spent time doing this.
I'm a self-taught lettering artist and graphic designer. For the past year, I've been using my brush lettering skills to create custom designs for clients. I've been searching and trying a lot of ways on how I could get better at using these pens. I've enrolled in different online courses, read books and attended live workshops.
The amount of effort you put would reflect the quality of work that you create.
It won't be easy at the start. This is true for every new skill that we try to learn. The real question is: How bad do you want to learn this?
These are the topics that you can search online. There are a lot of free resources out there, but the guide questions that I included would let you know what to look for.
1. Basic Typography
2. Basic Letterspacing
3. Basic Strokes and Drills
The last topic was the one that I often skipped. You'll still improve when you go straight to writing with your brush pen. But for me, I've seen some significant improvement when I just tried doing these for a couple of weeks. I'm still far from where I want my skill to be. I'm pretty sure that I could have made so much progress if I only spent time doing these consistently.
Practice makes progress.
The other ways that could help you improve is to read different lettering and calligraphy books and attend an in-person workshop.
Yes, everything can be learned online. But there are a lot of resources out there and it can be overwhelming for a beginner.
I love reading design books and the value that I get from it is more on learning about the process of the artist. There's always something new that I can add to my own process.
Attending a workshop can give you the structure for learning. Here are some benefits of attending one:
You can choose to learn online, attend a live workshop or even do both! It is up to us to find out which learning path is right for us. What matters is that we are willing to give the time in order to get better with our craft.
Brush Lettering and Digitizing Workshop
I'll be having my own workshop on May 26, 2018. The title of the workshop is From Pen to Pixels and it is best explained by watching this 1-minute video.
This is suitable for beginners that have zero experience in using brush pens. Only one skill is required for you to have when taking the workshop. I am confident that most of us already know how to do this. No, it is not beautiful handwriting. It is an advantage if you have one, but it's not required. You can definitely learn this even if you have bad handwriting.
All materials that you'll need will be provided such as different types of brush pens and lettering guides. I'm also including a workbook that you can use for future reference.
The goal is for beginners to come and take home intermediate level knowledge about lettering and calligraphy. Everything I shared here will be discussed there. Plus you'll also learn these:
We also have a special Bring-A-Buddy Rate. Just join with a friend or a loved one. Each of you will get the same materials for the workshop
There are only 8 slots available. The venue is at Launchpad Coworking in Alabang. Deadline for registration will be on May 23.
Select your rate and just click the button below to save your spot.
Update: No more slots available. If ever you're interested to attend the next one, just send me an email to reserve a slot.
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