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How to Draw Fancy Letters by hand


It’s easy to produce perfect type designs on a computer which means that you can have a lot of fun when you draw type by hand.

Because Mechanical or computer type is perfect, it means yours doesn’t have to be – in fact, it’s your imperfections that add interest to the lettering.

Getting understanding of how typefaces are put together will allow you to practice until you can start writing in fancy type as if it was your own handwriting. In fact it will be your own handwriting because as you practice, you will add your own spirit to the typeface and it will become your very own type style font.

This video is ALL CAPITALS – or UPPER CASE – next week I will do the lower case and numbers. You can see them here: https://youtu.be/LcuPbPioxq8

Capitals are called Upper Case because in the old days, when type was made from bits of metal, the capital letters were all held in the top or upper case, and the small letters were in the Lower Case – so they became known as lower case letters!

Where Did The Ampersand Originate?

&FuturaThe New Yorker have just posted this video from “The Comma Queen” telling us all about where the ampersand came from.

Developed from the Latin et (“and”), the ampersand, formerly the twenty-seventh letter of the alphabet, is a character with a cult following among students of typography.

Well, did you know all that?

How to draw letters of fire

<img src=”https://www.shoorayner.com/wp-images/uploads/2011/01/DSFireLetters-150×84.jpg” alt=”” title=”DSFireLetters” width=”150″ height=”84″ class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-3930″ />Burn,baby! Burn! learn to draw flaming letters of fire by watching this video – it’s hot!