Publisher: Rockport Publishers
Author: Abbey Sy
Released: October 16th 2018
I received a copy of Hand Lettering A to Z Workbook through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I’ve been reading a lot of Hand Lettering guides lately. Partially this is because I really do want to improve, but also partially because I’ve always been fascinated with typography. I love seeing how other artists interpret the same mediums, how they take them apart and explain it to us. I also find the art style of hand lettering to be very relaxing, so the guides can simply be fun for me as well.
This guide has to be one of the more thorough ones I’ve read. It covers all of the basics, of course, but it also covers things like terminology, flourishes, and even the ideal way to use the practice sheets included.
The practice sheets were really impressive as well. I know some people prefer that the books don’t provide it (instead preferring to provide their own) but I personally enjoy it. Mostly because it’s really helpful to have paper that’s all the same scale and has the same lines as the guides you’re using. People underestimate how important that is.
There are more guides and examples in the practice sheets than I expected. Eight full fonts/scripts are included (including lowercase/uppercase as well as the numbers and some basic punctuation). It’s incredibly in-depth.
The highlight though? That would have to be the practice sheets that come after all of that. Yes, there are that many practice guides included. There are guides on bounced words, flourishes, embellishments, and even some sample quotes to try and copy over. It’s pretty amazing, actually.
I’m looking forward to hearing what others have to say about it, but I’m personally more than happy with this Hand Lettering Guide.