How to do Handlettering

Handlettering is a very popular hashtag and artform on Instagram. Where do you start? Honestly, most of it is just practicing and imitating letterforms. First, let’s get one thing clear, handlettering does not equal calligraphy. We could get into specifics, but generally calligraphy is writing letterforms while lettering is sketching letterforms.

Handlettering Examples

Honestly, I think it’s better to learn calligraphy first, so that you are familiar with how letters are intended to look before learning to sketch them. However you can learn everything with some practice.  

Serif Alphabet Handlettering Tutorial

Many fonts’ letterforms have serifs which are “little feet” and decorative edges on the letters. Below is a video detailing how to draw all capital letters from A to Z.

Serif Handlettering with a Sharpie

Faux Calligraphy Handlettering Tutorial

Faux calligraphy is another version of hand lettering that mimics brush calligraphy. First, cursive writing is written to your liking, then what would be the downstrokes are thickened and coloured in.

How to Handletter Brush Calligraphy

That’s all for now, let me know if there is any alphabet that you want detailed in this post.