A few weeks ago I attended a short workshop on brush pen lettering. I have never been the best at lettering or calligraphy but I really enjoy watching others draw text creatively. I am intrigued by the art of hand drawing and thought it would be good to attend a class to better understand and grasp the concept.
Up until then I had only vaguely heard about brush pens. I've seen them in the art shops but didn't really know what to use them for and how to use them. To my surprise they are actually a simple tool to use. The only difficult part is trying to control the pressure applied so you can get the contrast between thick and thin strokes.
What I learnt from that class was that lettering is different to typography. Where typography is the "art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing when displayed" (Wikipedia); Lettering is based more on the shape and form of the individual letters themselves. Each stroke is carefully drawn and in a logical order to make the completed word flow as one.
Brush pens vary in price from art stores however I picked up a cheap brush pen from Daiso for $2.80 that works amazingly. I highly recommend doing a class or workshop if you are interested in trying out brush pen lettering. I did mine with Emma from The Black Chalk Co through Laneway Learning in Melbourne. There are also heaps of video tutorials on the web to help you practice your lettering.
Some pictures of my lettering practice with using a brush pen. I still haven't got the hold of the strokes yet but will hopefully get there!
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