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3.2 Turning Lines Into Letterforms

In this lesson, you'll begin to practice turning the lines and strokes into individual letterforms. Download the source files and print out the Letterforms Worksheet!

3.2 Turning Lines Into Letterforms

Hello, again, I'm sure you're eager to apply the brushstrokes to actual letters now. It may have felt tedious, but you wouldn't be able to create the well-balanced, beautiful letter forms we're about to without those basic shapes. Using the lettering practice sheets, take the various strokes and they'll start to resemble actual letters by joining them together in different ways. Take the letter m, for example. This is made up of only two strokes. Here's the downward stroke, the upward stroke, down and up and down, again. The letter a is the oval and a simple down stroke. You can see the i here already if we just add in the dot. It takes just a larger one of these strokes with a basic long down stroke and a crossbar. Using your practice sheets, ink your letters by following the arrows I have included in the examples. You'll start noticing all the separate brush strokes, and how they can come together to create the various letters. In the next lesson, we'll learn how to draw your own alphabet and inject your own style so your lettering will be unique to you.

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