About this Course.
The temptation for any budding lettering artist is to start creating the "fancy stuff" straight away, however failing to understand the many facets that go into creating quality letterforms leaves you open to making a litany of errors. Nearly every day I see beautiful typograpy work that someone has put their heart and soul into blemished with commonly made errors that could have been avoided by learning the important principles of Letter Construction, which is exactly what this course will teach you.
My name is John King, and I have been a Professional Signwriter and Lettering Artist since 1986. When I started out the only way we had to produce Sign Lettering was to Draw and Paint them by hand, so one of the first things you had to learn as part of your industry training was how to draw a basic Block or "Gothic" alphabet to a professional standard.
"Understanding and Drawing Gothic Letterforms" is designed to equip you with a strong Understanding of the modern Roman Alphabet's construction along with a practical and duplicatible system for Drawing it.
By taking this course you will learn the the Core Technical Principles of well constructed lettering along with the Nuances or "human touches" that letters require to give your work maximum visual appeal and provide the optimum viewing experience for its audience.
What will I learn?
Everything you need to know about drawing lettering correctly!
You will learn the Fundamental Rules of Classical Letter Construction as they apply to our Modern Roman Alphabet and a Drawing System that can be used to design and draw countless typefaces to a professional standard.
Stroke Weight Distribution which accounts for some of the most commonly made lettering errors made even by experienced designers, Relative Letter Widths that when not understood can cause an otherwise well drawn word to look "off", how to create the Underlying Framework or "DNA" of a typeface that ensures all its letters belong to the same family, and the Nuances or "visual tweaks' needed to add a professional touch to your letters and prevent them from having an unrefined or "mechanical" look.
You will then move on to Drawing an entire Gothic or "Block Letter" Typeface from scratch applying the above principles while following large scale step by step detailed blackboard demonstrations of how to draw every capital letter and numeral, including the often neglected Ampersand from start to finish.
Finally you'll learn how use this methodology to Create Unlimited Variations of the gothic alphabet we've studied as welll as your own custom typefaces.
The Hows and Whys of Letter Construction.
Learning "How" to do something is one thing, however I believe that knowing "Why" something is done a certain way is just as if not more important than the How, because the Why can be transposed to multiple scenarios so in this course I place a strong emphasis on explaining the Whys of the techniques you'll be learning in addition to the Hows. The knowledge and methodology you'll obtain by doing this course can then be applied to any style of lettering from the gothic typeface we'll be studying to ornate Victorian Era alphabets, giving you the ability to approach countless typography scenarios with confidence and competence.
What's Inside the Course?
Section One of the course focuses on the UNDERSTANDING aspect where you will learn about the anatomy of letters as determined by the rules behind the original Ancient Roman Alphabet upon which all of our modern letterforms are based. The most common mistakes made with lettering even in the professional realm are associated with Letter Proportions, Stroke Thicknesses, and un-appealing Letter-Shapes caused by lack of refinement and nuances. We will cover in detail all of these issues and how to avoid them using my easy to understand 4 Tiered Letter Structure System.
Section Two is the PRACTICAL DRAWING portion where you will draw an Entire Gothic Alphabet consisting of all Capitals, Numerals and the often forgotten Ampersand as you follow my real-time step-by-step detailed Tutorial Video demonstrations on a large blackboard for each individual letterform using the methods and system you learnt in the Understanding section which give you a solid framework and set of parameters to work within to create well structured and technically correct letters. Drawing lettering is not about just copying or reproducing a "shape" in the way than one might "draw" an apple but rather following a set of underlying structural principles that apply every letterform. Upon completing this section you will have a fully drawn gothic alphabet. Congratulations!
Section 3 is a BONUS section I've included where you will learn how to use this system to create unlimited variations of the alphabet and also use it to design your own Custom Tyepfaces. You will learn how to create Bolder, Lighter, Extended, Condensed and Italic versions of your lettering as well as tips to change each variation into a different typeface giving you the abilty to create literally countless styles of lettering.