Many of you likely know I teach a comprehensive course on creating and selling hand lettered fonts (check it out here!). The course reopens next week for the last time this year, so if you plan to get started, I thought some lettering supply recommendations were in order!
There are 2 ways you can create your initial lettering for converting into a font: digitally or analog. If you choose the digital route, I recommend using Procreate on an iPad with pressure sensitivity since there are amazing brush options for different looks. This post is all about the analog, though – as much as I love the iPad, there’s still something about lettering supplies on paper (not to mention the much lower price point!). Read on for my favorite lettering supplies for font making, analog-style 😉
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My Favorite Lettering Supplies for Font Making
Supplies mentioned in this video:
- For high contrast thicks and thins:
- For handwriting styles:
- For textured styles:
For a full list of font making supplies (including software), check out this post!
Here are some of my best tips for choosing lettering supplies for font making that will work for your specific skill level:
- If you have a style in mind you’d like to create, let that style inform the type of utensil you’ll need. You’ll save on unneeded supplies *and* time that way and get right into making the style you’d like. Current popular styles include textured looks, high contrast thicks (downstrokes) and thins (upstrokes) and handwriting style fonts, so refer to the supply suggestions above to get started on the right foot!
- If you’re not sure what style you’d like to create and are a beginner, high contrast supplies are best suited for you. Because the brush tips on those supplies are so flexible, you’re able to practice creating consistent pressure on your upstrokes and downstrokes. Your results will be obvious (especially with the Prismacolor brush tip marker), so you’ll know where you need to improve immediately.
- If you’re an intermediate letterer, give the handwriting style supplies a try! They tend to hold up well when your writing speed is a bit faster and you’ll also achieve some small variation in weight throughout.
- For more advanced letterers, dive into the textured supplies. When creating textured looks, not only will you be creating consistency in the weights within your letterforms, the ink flow will also play a big role. You’ll need to practice when to squeeze the barrel of the brush pen to avoid ink overflow and still keep that beautiful texture.
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