Ryan Hamrick
Hand-lettering & Design
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Letter-Building Method One: Scaling & Shaping

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking a lot about the things you can do to prepare yourself for getting started in lettering. We’ve looked at some of the tools that I personally rely on for getting from point A to B in my work. We’ve also looked at some good sources of inspiration.

But I reckon that if we don’t start looking at some actual process stuff and how-tos, you guys aren’t going to keep sticking around for much longer. I get it. So let’s do it. 

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Lettering Gear: A Quick Guide to Get Started

With platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Dribbble and the like, designers and artists are able to share their work to so many more people and so much faster than ever before.

Given that my particular line of work is so heavily based in the analog, at least at first, a lot of what I post on Dribbble and such ends up being a sketch (I’ve also found that sketches are substantially more popular than finished vector art, but that’s a topic for another time and place). And in my undying quest to share process, I sometimes place the tool I used to accomplish that particular sketch in the shot.

So, I figured what better way to kick things off than with a solid look at some of the best tools out there to really dive head-first into practicing your lettering? 

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