Are you as fascinated with hand-lettering as I am? I just love letters and I am finding this new book Drawing Type: An Introduction to Illustrating Letterforms so inspiring. I have shared that I try to write a quote every day. Now, what I do since I got a copy of this book, is to randomly open it to a page and use the letter-forms and layout as my inspiration for how I am going to write my quote. Here is just one example of one of the exercises in Drawing Type.
Click on this page from Drawing Type to read the full exercise on how to hand-render type.
More about the Rockport book:
by Alex Fowkes
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.
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!
Alex Fowkes is a freelance designer based in London, UK. While working full time Alex completed lots of typography based briefs in his spare time, from personal pieces to commissions and album covers. His work varies from hand drawn type to digital typography but always tries to retain a human element to his work. The Sony Timeline is the biggest typographical piece he has undertaken taking almost 150 square meteres, taking over 2 months just to design.