I remember when I was a beginner to lettering, seeing all the beautiful lettering on the internet was a big inspiration but also quite overwhelming. But, being me, I jumped right in, thinking that since I had a degree in art, and design what could be so hard? I'd figure it out in a heartbeat. Well, it took quite a long time and I was NOT good at all.
When I look at my old pieces now I cringe a little, but I can clearly see what I was doing wrong. So I'm here to let you know what that is and how you can start to improve your lettering as well.
Can you spot the difference on the image below?
Besides my letters looking weird, the biggest thing I notice is the stroke thickness and how I was transitioning from thick to thin or thin to thick.
The main "rule" of lettering is to go thick with the down strokes and thin with your upstrokes.
But what we don’t address is the side stroke.
Yup, on big loopy letters, we can clearly see a side stroke, unless of course your loop is very tight.
And you know what it should be?
The side stroke on your loops should be THIN.
You can see in the picture above, my bottom strokes were quite thick on the letters e,p, l, S.
Watch the video below and learn my trick, or the way my brain thinks when I do my loops.
And don't forget to download the Lots of Loops practice sheets below to help you even more. And read this blog post on more transitions.
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