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1.2 What's the Difference Between Hand Lettering and Calligraphy?

In this lesson, you’ll learn the vital differences between traditional calligraphy and the modern hand lettering we'll be practicing.

1.2 What's the Difference Between Hand Lettering and Calligraphy?

Hi everyone, welcome to the first lesson of hand lettering for beginners. In this lesson, we're going to start with the fundamentals. It's important to learn that what I'm teaching isn't calligraphy, but hand lettering, so it's a lot more relaxed. They're often confused and mixed-up because they're both visual art forms, but traditionally, calligraphy requires a lot more discipline. Calligraphy is the art of writing, whereas hand lettering is more decorative and considered drawing. They have the same principles, but a different approach to creating letters. Calligraphy has a long history and requires precision compared to lettering which is free flowing and illustrative, and even apply your own personality. Because how lettering has less rules and discipline, it means you can create your own distinct style when applying the lessons in this course. Next, we'll cover the tools you need to get started.

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