Lettering Resources

Links to articles and videos about: How-To, Professionals, Software, Supplies, Education, Workshops, Conferences, Literature, Videos & Interviews

1: How-to

These are resources for the practice of calligraphy and hand-lettering


Creative Market How to Learn Lettering: 50 Free Tutorials and Pro Tips

Detailed intro to lettering, with links to 20 tutorials on specific topics.


Infographic: Hand Lettering Basics

A visual guide to the basics of lettering.


Skillshare | Erik Marinovich How to Lay Out Your Hand-Lettering Composition

Video on layout, composition, and grid lines in hand-lettering for a large-scale envelope.


Peggy Dean | Skillshare

Hand Lettering: 4 Easy Steps to Modern Calligraphy

Seven video lessons


Short video on How to Adjust Your Pen and Paper When Writing Copperplate Script

International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting


WA Baird Lessons in Engraver’s Script

Very basic lessons, in a hard-to-follow webpage design.


Lessons from EL Brown

Instructional pages “from an old American Penman magazine.”


Ornamental Script Lessons

“Learn Ornamental script from one of the finest instructional books ever published on the subject, ‘Lesson in Ornamental Penmanship; by PZ Bloser.” With links to individual letters.


CP Zaner Lessons in Engrosser’s Script

Scans of the original Zanerian Manual published in 1900.


International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting

Drawing Versus Writing

Short video on the difference between writing letters and drawing them.


International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting

How to use Guidelines

Short video on using guidelines in hand lettering.


Creative Market How to Install & Use Photoshop Brushes

Tutorial on using brushes in Photoshop.


Iskra Johnson Ruling Pen Love

Very short tutorial on using a ruling pen.


Left handed lettering

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2: Professionals

These are just a few of the professional calligraphers and lettering artists working today


Harvest Crittenden Website of long-time lettering artist and founder of Acorn Arts


Brody Neuenschwander Blog of calligrapher Brody Neuenschwander, whose lettering has appeared in several of the films of Peter Greenaway


Elmo van Slingerland Blog post by Joy Deneen: A Conversation with Dutch Calligrapher


Letterform Archive “From the Collection: Thomas Ingmire, Susan Skarsgard, Suzanne Moore”. Article highlighting the work of three respected calligraphers whose work is in the Letterform Archive collection


What does a calligrapher do in the 21st century? Short article in Eye magazine about calligraphers Carl Kurtz and Susan Skarsgard


Iskra Johnson Personal website of renowned calligrapher and lettering artist


Susan Skarsgard Align Project


Jessica Hische Work by noted contemporary lettering artist Jessica Hische


Timothy Donaldson “World’s Biggest Hamburgefonts” (1997)

At the 1997 ATypI conference, at Reading University, Timothy Donaldson creates letters from the Latin alphabet that are bigger than himself.


3: Software

A couple of videos on using Procreate software for lettering on an iPad Pro


Procreate Lettering for Beginners - iPad Pro Tutorial

Will Paterson


Tutorial on Using Procreate on iPad Pro for Lettering

Video on changing color and other tips for using Procreate in iPad Pro.


4: Supplies

Some sources for supplies needed for hand-lettering


Igor Ovsyannykov | Blog: The Best Markers, Pens, and Tools for Hand Lettering

Overview of pens, paper, and equipment for calligraphy and lettering.


John Neal Bookseller

Catalog site for well-known vendor of calligraphy supplies as well as books on lettering and typography.


Paper & Ink Arts

Provider of “quality books for accomplished and aspiring calligraphers alike” as well as “calligraphy supplies from inks to custom made pen holders.”


Jake Weidman

Weidmann's Ergonomic Oblique Penholder


Dick Blick Art Supplies

Calligraphy supplies from a major art-supplies business.


International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting

52 Degree Guide Sheets

Guide sheets for Spencerian Script.


International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting

55 Degree Guide Sheets

Guide sheets for Engrosser’s Script.


5: Education

These links point to both tutorials and programs or courses in lettering and calligraphy


Emily Potts Lettering and Calligraphy: How to Tell the Difference

Interview with Martina Flor and Giuseppe Salerno, who created the website “Lettering vs. Calligraphy” to explore what’s different about the two approaches.


Chris Piascik

Illustrative Stylings: Lettering and More with Photoshop

Trailer for a class on making attention-getting letterforms in Adobe Photoshop.


Type@Cooper Extended Program

Certificate-granting academic program at Cooper Union in New York City, for history of letterforms and principles and techniques of designing digital typefaces.


Dancing Letters Scholarship Fund

“This fund provides financial assistance to those wishing to further their knowledge of calligraphy and its related arts through attending workshops, lectures, classes, or international, regional and local conferences.”


International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting

Scholarships for attending the annual IAMPETH convention.


WA Baird Lessons in Engraver’s Script

Very basic lessons, in a hard-to-follow webpage design.


6: Workshops

These are workshops for letterers and calligraphers


Skillshare Hand Lettering Essentials for Beginners

Intro video to a class for beginners on hand lettering.


Type@Cooper

Ongoing series of public workshops offered by Cooper Union in New York City.


7: Conferences

Conferences for letterers and calligraphers


Typism Conference

Gold Coast, Australia

Three-day type and lettering festival on Australia’s Gold Coast.


International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teacher of Handwriting

Annual conference of IAMPETH, “a wonderful week spent learning the pen arts with some of the best penmen and calligraphic artists in the country.”


8: Literature

Sources of books and writing on calligraphy and hand-lettering


International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teacher of Handwriting

Scanned copy of “Gems & Penmanship,” by J.S. Duncan (1858).


Lisa Engelbrecht

Modern Calligraphy and Hand Lettering: A Mark-Making Workbook for Crafters, Cardmakers, and Journal Artists

Introduction for do-it-yourself letterers and calligraphers.


Calligrapher’s Corner: Consulting with the Experts, Volume 13: Carl Rohrs

Interview with calligrapher Carl Rohrs.


Dr. Joseph M. Vitolo

Script in the Copperplate Style

Interactive Apple iBook for copperplate calligraphy.


Brush Lettering by Marilyn Reaves & Eliza Schulte


Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe

A book on modern styles of calligraphy using pointed pen


Universal Penman by George Bickham

An absolute classic portraying styles from master penman from the golden age of penmanship


Foundations of Calligraphy by Sheila Waters

The essential guide of broad edge pen styles and their exemplars


Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy by Eleanor Winters

A definitive guide of copperplate pointed pen styles


Calligraphy by Denise Lach

This book isn’t your traditional calligraphy book, rather it shows the texture and interest of line and stroke and explores new possibilities in calligraphy


Mastering Calligraphy by Gayle Godfrey-Nicholls

Covering several different styles of writing, this book is a comprehensive guide to all things calligraphic


Letter Arts Review

Absolutely essential — I have every issue dating back to 1994!


9: Videos & Interviews

Videos on practitioners of lettering arts.


Skillshare: The Independents: Jessica Hische

How Jessica Hische Shaped Her Freelance Career

First-person narrative video of the life and career of designer & letterer Jessica Hische.


The Creative Spark: Title Case, Typographic Artisans

Jessica Hische & Erik Marinovich

Inspiration on type & lettering. Preview of Lynda.com course.


Creative Inspirations: Marian Bantjes, Graphic Artist

“Visit the home and workspace of graphic designer Marian Bantjes, as she shares her views on design and designers, and tour her distinctive one-woman show at the Ontario College of Art & Design.”


International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting

Dr. Joseph Vitolo

Golden Age of Ornamental Penmanship in America

Original art and script by Jake Weidmann


International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting

Harvest Crittenden

Pointed Pen Basics


Sakura of America Tattoo Style Lettering with Lisa Engelbrecht

Short, music-backed video showing tattoo style lettering.


Carl Rohrs, pointed brush calligraphy

Short video demonstrating different effects of how you hold the brush in calligraphy.


Carl Rohrs: Flat Pen Calligraphy

Short video demonstrating techniques of flat-pen calligraphy.


Adjusting the flange on your Oblique Penholder

Dr. Joseph Vitolo | International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting


Adjusting your Pen and Paper

Video on adjusting pen and paper while composing Copperplate script | Dr. Joseph Vitolo | International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting


Different Styles of Pointed Pen Scripts

John DeCollibus | International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting | Short video demonstrating different styles of pointed-pen scripts.


IAMPETH Presents: Inside the Penman's Studio - Harvest Crittenden

Dr. Joseph Vitolo and Harvest Crittenden | International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting |Video conversation with calligrapher Harvest Crittenden on her work and her career.


Ian Barnard 3 Ways to Create 3D Lettering in Procreate!

How-to video on ways to create three-dimensional lettering in Procreate on iPad.