CHANGE THE WORLD

mlk dahl quote i On this MLK day I thought I would letter a favorite quote by a favorite author that felt apropos. If you are having trouble reading my hand, here is the quote:

‘Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world’.

I do believe it’s from Matilda by Roald Dahl but nonetheless it is attributed to the master wordsmith himself. I don’t think my lettering is good enough yet to be lettering full quotes, but I felt inspired to give this a go. I find it hard to find a consistent hand, I can do one word but multiple words are a bit challenging for me. I know there are a plethora of beginning modern calligraphy workshops out there right now and the market may seem saturated for those putting them on, but if there are a few savvy calligraphers reading this here blog, the only logical step now is to start offering the next level of classes. I know I would be interested in that next step, forming sentences and what not, you?  Hopefully we will start to see more advanced calligraphy workshops becoming available in the near future. In the interim I will continue lettering my one word a day on Instagram, #365lettering, if you care to join me please do! The more the merrier!

SOME FAVORITE LETTERING

naive lettering samples via besotted blog

It is no surprise to anyone that I have a love of lettering, but what may come as a surprise is that I am a die hard fan of naive lettering. I love, love, love the look of an effortless hand, the perfectly imperfect. There’s a very fine line from being wonderfully charming to just plain bad. I can’t quite put my finger on what that slight differentiation is but it is very apparent when I see it. I also noticed a little pattern that evolved, these sort of naive/crude hands were mostly done by illustrators. I am a word person, but I am also a visual person, I suppose that is the draw for me in my fanaticism of lettering, it’s a beautiful marriage of  the two. I love seeing the resurgence of hand lettering and I hope that by showcasing lettering that I love it inspires you to either give it a go, your handwriting may be as good or (bad) as these fine folks or be introduced to more artists that may inspire you. Do any of you like this type of lettering as well? Any favorites I may have left out or I should know about?

Maira Kalman

Oliver Jeffers

Charlotte Farmer

Katt Frank

P.S. I have always liked this font for a simple, charming (legible) naive hand.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

The Mega List of How-to Digitize Your Lettering Tutorials

 

how to digitize your hand lettering via besotted blog

This seems to be the most requested tutorial here, I understand the desire especially if you have been dipping your toes in the hand lettering pool and now want to be able to showcase your work to the world! I hope I have rounded up enough tutorials to thoroughly get you through this process. Some of these tutorials will be step-by-step, others videos, of course some may be better than others but they all have great information to glean and I hope you find this post to be a useful future resource. If you have any questions please let us know!

//FREE DIGITIZING LETTERING TUTORIALS//

Hand lettering from pencil sketch to digital graphic

Making your lettering into a vector graphic

 Making your lettering available for web*

A beginner’s guide to spiffing up your hand lettering

Using the calligraphic brush to create decorative type

Hand lettering in Illustrator (this is great for learning about the Wacom tablet settings)

How to digitize brush or hand lettering

How to digitize your calligraphy

*Note her tutorial reads to save as a ‘gif’, but I always save as either a .png or .jpeg for web unless the graphic is animated then I use the .gif file format

//PAID DIGITIZING LETTERING CLASSES/TUTORIALS//

Digitizing your calligraphy with Molly Suber Thorpe

Introduction to the Wacom tablet

How to turn your handlettering into vectors

Digitizing hand lettering: creating organic and precise vectors

Lettering II by Mary Kate McDevitt

//RESOURCES/TOOLS//

These are some of the tools that you will need or read about in the tutorials that will help make your digitizing life a whole lot easier.

Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements

Adobe Illustrator

Wacom tablet (there’s entry level versions that are affordable)

Scanner

Lettering Supplies

P.S. That awesome font ‘lettering’ is in is available here

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Hand lettered serif font by Great Lakes Lettering

great lake lettering via besottedblog.com

When it comes to killer hand lettered fonts Molly Jacques foundry Great Lake Lettering never disappoints. This one is apropos for the upcoming Hallow’s Eve, I love the description:

Helsing is a serif style font inspired by Bram Stoker’s 1897 Dracula as well as Edward Gorey’s rendition of the story. Characterized by his slighting skewed baseline, subtle texture, thick and thin contrasts, and decorative legs”.

It’s another winner to add to the font collection and it’s so versatile I am sure you will have many, many more uses for it after the Halloween holiday.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Kal Barteski brush lettering class!

Kal Barteski Class via Besottedblog

This class mention is bittersweet for me.  I am a fan of the very talented artist Kal Barteski  (she created the iconic ‘link with love’ button you often see on blogs), so much so when I was 8 months pregnant and discovered she had an on line class I bought it within seconds and waited with bated breath to get my access key to start.  I knew with the baby coming soon I wouldn’t be able to do much lettering or class taking and after being so sick it seemed like the perfect opportunity.  Unfortunately, I received an email the next day with a refund (insert sad face here), Kal had taken her class down and was going to revamp it, it never happened before I welcomed my little one and it seems like it will be forever before I can do any lettering again*. But you my friends can take Kal’s revamped class and I am sure it will be so, so good! Kal teamed up with the wonderful folks at Studio Calico and the class looks like it’s going to be an amazing one! I do hope you take it and report back to me and if you end up getting hooked on the Studio Califco goodies in their shop, I would love to see what you create! Take the Kal Barteski life scripted class here!

P.S. Studio Calico makes it even easier to take the class by allowing you to buy the supplies straight from their site. I LOVE this idea, no fumbling with inadequate supplies or roaming the art store aimlessly, just one click and you are ready to roll!

*Okay, so I am in enrolled now, it may be a little ambitious, perhaps, just maybe, but Alisa Burke has inspired me to create with baby, wish me luck!!!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She recently lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

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