Practice Hand Drawn Lettering With Your HB Handbook

Here at HB Handbook we love browsing hand lettering artwork and typography. They are fantastic for inspiration and usually include lyrics and movie quotes which can lift your mood. Hopefully a few of the images below will inspire you to try it out in your HB Handbook!

Inspiration For Hand Drawn Lettering and Typography

Hand Drawn Lettering HB Handbook

Retro Review logo drawing By JangoSnow


Better Call Saul by Tobias Saul

Better Call Saul by Tobias Saul


Atlanta by Alexis ‘Tyrsa’ Taïeb

Atlanta by Alexis ‘Tyrsa’ Taïeb


Good Guys Wear Levi's by Dan Cassaro

Good Guys Wear Levi's by Dan Cassaro


Cocina Buena

Cocina Buena by Drew Melton


Everything Is Useless by McBess

Everything Is Useless by McBess


You Can Read Tutorials All Day by Sean Wes

You Can Read Tutorials All Day by Sean Wes


Choose to See The Good Stuff by Tim Bontan

Choose to See The Good Stuff by Tim Bontan


Lettering Lyrics by Jaclyn Le

Lettering Lyrics by Jaclyn Le


April Fools by Joseph Alessio

April Fools by Joseph Alessio

NOTE Don't try this in your HB Handbook unless you want a soggy book :-)


Want to practice hand drawn lettering and typography? Before the age of printing, every written word was created by hand. This art form is named calligraphy. It was and remains today, a means of expressing ideas in a wonderfully eye pleasing manner. When we think of calligraphy, the image of disciplined monks spending lifetimes creating hand-written masterpieces springs to mind. Swirling letters that fit together intrinsically into an endless loop is what calligraphy is. Whilst still relevant, this practice has evolved a considerable amount. Nowadays, it’s hand drawn lettering and typography which are promoting written word as an art form.

What is Hand Drawn Lettering?

Hand drawn lettering is a skilled art form, which people use to create aesthetically pleasing written words. Remember learning cursive at school? That’s calligraphy, this is different. Hand drawn lettering has essentially evolved from what we know to be calligraphy. Hand drawn lettering breaks the rules, it allows artists to freely express themselves without boundaries. Words don’t need to be dull, they can be both inspiring and beautiful at the very same time. Sometimes, artists like their Hand drawn lettering so much, they decide to create entire fonts for all to use; this is when hand drawn lettering becomes typography.

What is Typography?

Typography is the art of setting type. Instead of working by hand, you work with computers in order to create fonts that work in any combination, no matter who is using them. Many artists like to create unique fonts and make them available to download online for others to use. Sometimes these fonts are free whilst other times, the artists sell them for a fee. There are tens of thousands of fonts available to download online, some better than others. But where did these fonts come from? They didn’t just surface spontaneously. No, somebody dedicated their time to creating them and the majority of them likely began life by using the good old fashioned pencil to paper technique.

Use Your HB Handbook to Practice Hand Drawn Lettering

If you’re a designer and feel like practicing hand drawn lettering and typography yourself, why not give it a try with The Designer HB Handbook? These handy notebooks come in packs of three and are made entirely in the UK from 100% recycled materials. Each notepad includes a different type of paper including lined, dotted and gridded paper. Lined paper is great for making general notes, for times when all those brilliant ideas need to be jotted down quickly. Dotted and gridded paper, meanwhile are ideal for creating mock-up designs, including hand drawn lettering. Grids are great for working out the placement of letters if this is something that you find you’re struggling with. Dotted paper, on the other hand, is ideal for creating uniformed lines and edges. The expression “you’ve just got to connect the dots” couldn’t ring truer here.

Why not start practicing hand drawn lettering and typography with a simple and familiar word such as your name? Words that you’re more familiar with writing are likely to be easier to link together. Once you’ve done this, you can move onto other words or even sentences. Why not try a short and inspiring quote for example?

Give hand drawn lettering and typography a try today, using the ultimate tool for artists The Designer HB Handbook.


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