Spotted this awesome book in Chris Piascik’s Instagram Feed.
Drawing Type: An Introduction to Illustrating Letterforms by Alex Fowkes.
Chris has some work featured inside and I thought it would be good to take a further look.
Part inspiration and part workbook, the images of hand-drawn type will inspire and excite any designer to draw and explore type. Drawing Type features real-world projects and sketchbooks of well-known type designers, including interviews about their processes.
Playful, hand-drawn type can easily be used in a range of disciplines within design and illustration such as packaging, editorial, posters, advertising, online graphics, and signage, and the hand-made aesthetic is more prevalent now than ever.
Alex Fowkes will help you to create custom lettering that clients seek for their projects. Alex walks you through the steps to drawing serifs, san serifs, scripts, etc. With ample space on the pages for designers to mimic and draw their own typefaces, this book is perfect for learning at home or in a classroom that you can refer to again and again!
I would encourage you to use at the “look inside” feature on Amazon which lets you preview pretty much the whole book!
Section 1 – Inspiration & Interviews
This section features visual examples of world class lettering together with interviews and is broken into chapters containing the different classes of lettering:
- Chapter 1 – Hand Rendered
- Chapter 2 – Vintage twist
- Chapter 3 – Playful type
- Chapter 4 – Contemporary type
Featured artists include:
- Matthew Tapia
- Jackson Alves
- Ginger Monkey
- Jon Contino
- Jill De Haan
- Linzie Hunter
Here is a quick peek inside this section of the book:
Some more pages shared by Matthew Tapia:
Section 2 – Drawing Type
This instructional section encourages you to start your own lettering practice and covers the following areas:
- Type Categories
- Letterform Anatomy
- Specimen Sheets
I love that the book comes with some type sheets to kickstart your practice:
This book is packed full of world class lettering to give you ideas and inspire your own practice whichever level you are at.
Combining clear and simple instruction with practice sheets and exercises to help you begin lettering, this is a really great introduction to anyone getting started in the world of lettering.
You can pick up a copy here:
My book recommendations are designed to be useful and give you options that can help you on your hand lettering journey.
Please remember that books are not essential to making progress with lettering, however they are wonderful tools to inspire us into practice, which is the most important thing. Practice makes progress!
About the Author
Alex is based in London has worked with many high profile clients to create some amazing lettering art.
Watch him in action:
Video 1 - Sony Music Timeline (05:25)
Video 2 - Sony Music Timeline – Timelapse (02:00)
If you are reading via email, you can watch the videos here.
Happy Hand Lettering!