Quick guide to Bubbly Letters

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Alright, you asked for it, after people finish my 90 Days of Drills Challenge they usually ask what next? How do I connect letters?

Here is my quick guide for you. Literally, it's a 30-second explanation.

Have you been eyeing those big loopy letters on Instagram but when you try to do your lettering they just aren't coming out the same way? I've been there, and I remember this day like it was yesterday, lol. I seriously do, it just all of a suddenly clicked in my head, and I understood what I was doing wrong. 

hand lettering by @twoeasels

This is the first piece I did where the "h" looks loopy and the way I always wanted it to look. It's also the first piece that I didn't overthink on when making. I just went with the flow and relaxed. 

Today you will learn how to make better connections between letters to get those big loops and make your lettering look less like cursive writing and more like modern calligraphy. Or as I like to call them, bubbly.

 

Learn how to go

lettering connections how to connect letters
 

There's a simple way to do it.

All you have to do is change the direction in which you connect and start drawing your letters.

Do you letters look like the picture below?

 

DO YOUR LETTERS LOOK LIKE THIS?

how beginners connect their letters

Take a closer look at the way you connect your letters. Look at the stroke above, does it go up like this? 

It probably does. This gives it a more amateur look, sort of reminds me of cursive writing back in grade school. 

Now take a look below. 

 

HERE'S HOW TO MAKE THEM MORE BUBBLY

the modern way to connect your letters hand lettering

This is how it's supposed to look, or at least how most modern calligraphers and letterers do it.

There are two parts to this connecting stroke.

First, you go up and the over to the right and then up again, in an S curve. This will give you more room to create those big loops you're looking for.

 
 

Here's another example of the simple change in the direction of the strokes.

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BEFORE

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AFTER

Alright, so now it's time to have fun. I created some worksheets for you to practice this stroke. There are bigger ones for thicker brushes and smaller ones for smaller brush pens. 

Go have fun and practice, and next time you're lettering try to pay attention to how you connect your letters. 

And of course, just because I said this way was good doesn't mean you can't break the rules. There are some letters that won't look right with this connecting stroke and some that absolutely will.

You can even see in my first example, the "r" at the end is not connected using the double stroke. So just play around and see where you need to change things up.