My mom asked me to pick something out for Christmas. I used to do lots of original lettering in art school and years after. Now, after 13 years of living with hands that have nerve damage from spinal injury, I wanted to try and strengthen my writing hand by drawing, but I saw this book and decided I'd rather learn new and exciting lettering techniques.
This book is more like: "Here's the letters I created, now you try some ideas in the white space provided. "
There is some "teaching", but never full alphabets. And, of course, the one technique I was so looking forward to learning was used a lot throughout the book, but never taught.
This is more of a stylized lettering sketchbook than a "how- to" of lettering. There are some good ideas, but anyone who's seen rock n roll posters from the 1960s or who has gone to a coffee shop and seen the chalk writing above the coffee machines, etc., has seen this writing before.
I wish there was more teaching and less, "This is what I can do, now you make up your own ideas."
The author is talented and the book has a wonderful layout (a playful layout, I might add). I'll probably give this to my 17 year old nephew who is just getting into keeping journals and drawing in sketchbooks simultaneously.
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Lark Books (3 April 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 145471073X
- ISBN-13: 978-1454710738
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2 x 25.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 880 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)