Inspiration Monday: handlettering

I love handwriting, lettering, and calligraphy. Here’s a little video of some of my favorite practitioners.  It was prompted by the new kourse at Sketchbook Skool which you are either enjoying as well or kicking yourself for missing.

Oh, and happy Dr. King Day!

29 thoughts on “Inspiration Monday: handlettering”

  1. Wow, wow, wow. Thank you so much for this blogpost, Danny. I’m so fired up with lettering right now, I’ve got started and I just can’t stop and this is just adding to that fervour. I’m going to have to look at some these books that I haven’t seen before. A week ago I rarely added lettering to my sketches, now I can’t imagine not added lettering to anything I draw from this point on!


  2. What Helen said! And Danny your enthusiasm BURSTS outta the screen and I find I’m being carried along with it with a great big silly grin on my face. So many wonderful books to check out. You MUST add this, or a link to it at least, to the end of Koosje’s week (if she doesn’t mind… nah, I’m sure she won’t mind, she was your inspiration after all). What a bonus to go with our first week.


  3. Can’t emphasise enough how incredibly helpful it is to be directed to excellent work when you’re still finding your way around. Thanks very much and would appreciate more if you are so moved.


  4. Your W and M are now mine! That cross in the middle is so cool. Another book that I use all the time just to get “happy” is When Wanderers Cease To Roam by Vivian Swift. She hand lettered the whole book and sketched and watercolored all her musings. I read it over and over just to absorb its beauty. Thanks for a great post today!


  5. That was inspirational! Thanks for all the examples by various artists. By the way, I really like the varied lines you’re getting with the nib you used to do your alphabet. Perhaps you’ve shared what it is elsewhere, but would you mind posting what nib you’re using here? Thanks!


  6. Thank you soooo much for showing this. It lets me relax about lettering my pages, because apparently it doesn’t have to be perfectly lined or all the same size. It just has to have character…what a relief, pheww!


  7. What a great way to start off a new week! I was blessed (cursed!) with nearly perfect handwriting and consequently frequently have a difficult time letting go. Sometimes I just want to mount a large piece of butcher on the wall and scrawl all over it and loosely as I can.


  8. Let’s not forgot Maira Kalman, a wonderful writer and illustrator. “And the Pursuit of Happiness” and “Beloved Dog” are two of my favorite books.


  9. You have taken inspirational Monday to a new level. Sketchbook skool is becoming a powerful example of Synergy in action. Grateful to be a small part of all this.


  10. Danny, your enthusiasm JUMPED through my computer screen! I have Felix’s book too and can’t wait for his class. I will no longer feel guilty for my growing book collection (I’ll just buy a bigger bookcase!). I never realized how much I love hand lettering! Thanks again, Danny!


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