Publisher: Quarry Books
Author: Kelly Klapstein
Released: November 28th 2017
I received a copy of The Art of Brush Lettering from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
For the sake of honestly, before reading this I didn’t know that much about brush lettering or calligraphy, outside of the fact that I would love to learn how to do something that beautiful. There a basic guide was pretty much the perfect thing for me, and I was lucky enough to spot exactly that on NetGalley.
As far as introductory guides are concerned, this one is pretty solid. Klapstein spends some time talking about the history, techniques, and even some relaxing and stretching exercises. She covers things that it never would have occurred to me would be relevant for calligraphy (I can safely say I was not expecting to see neck stretches in this book), but I actually appreciate how thoughtful and thorough she was about it.
If you’re intimidated about supplies (quality, how much, etc.) then don’t worry, Klapstein has your back on this as well. Not only does she list out all the items you’ll need, but it isn’t an overwhelming amount you need to track down (nothing more depressing than picking up an art guide only to realize you could never afford the supplies listed on the first page). She even explains the differences in certain supplies, and why you may choose one over the other.
While I can’t claim I’m an expert at brush lettering now (there’s going to be a lot of practice in my future before I can say that), I can safely say that I have a better grasp of it. Which is really what I was looking for here, and for that I’m grateful.