Brush Lettering

Brush Lettering with Ken Barber

Brush Lettering

Cost: $485.00

It's hard to match the appeal of the highly adaptable brush script letter. Friendly and flexible, its conversational tone and versatility makes brush script lettering ideal for a wide range of applications: from editorial layouts to logotype design.

This two-day workshop will provide a basic overview of freehand brush script. Referencing various tools, techniques and models, participants will learn the basics of the style one stroke at a time, before honing their drawing skills as they take a wordmark from concept to completion. Comprehensive slide presentations, demonstrations, skill-building exercises and personal critiques will provide further guidance as students acquire a practical foundation for writing, drawing and implementing brush script lettering in various design contexts.

Meets: Saturday, Sunday 10:00 am. - 5:00 pm.

Required Materials

  • No.2 pencils (conventional or mechanical)
  • pencil sharpener, if applicable
  • eraser
  • pad of tracing paper, at least 8.5″ x 11″
  • 12 inch ruler
  • Sharpie® Fine and Extra Fine marker
  • adhesive tape for posting sketches

A pair of brush markers will be supplied to participants for a materials fee of $7, payable to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop.

Please note that this workshop will focus on manual exercises intended to underscore ideas fundamental to brush script lettering. Although workshop participants will not be using vector drawing software, a brief presentation on brush script digitizing strategies will be given.

Course Code: 128697

Instructor(s): Ken Barber

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