1 Question, 4 Lettering Artists

1 Question, 4 Lettering Artists
September 7, 2016 Daniel Palacios
1 question, 4 lettering artists

In last week’s post, I talked about the value of lettering workshops. From an investment standpoint, I highly recommend attending one if you want to take your skills to the next level.

To give you an outside perspective and a better idea of what you can expect, I asked four lettering artists a question specifically on this topic.

Here’s the question I asked:

What’s something you’ve learned at a workshop and how has it impacted your lettering practice/business?


Eric Friedensohn

“Seeing the instructor (Ken Barber) talk through his process was the most enlightening part of the workshop. I got to see how long each step takes, and learn shortcuts for roughing out multiple compositions and styles in a short amount of time. Thanks to attending that workshop, I am able to iterate on my lettering much more efficiently and speed up my entire process.”



Bob Ewing

“I’m a completely self taught letterer. The only formal training I’ve ever had was taking Ken Barber’s Script Lettering workshop. One of the most important things I learned was the key components of informal script and how making some decisions around the components in the beginning of a project can help drive what the piece will look like in the end. This all has to do with style, emotion and look/feel of a piece. The beautiful thing about lettering is that it can evoke a certain emotion or represent a specific time period.

This has helped me streamline my process and allows me to work a bit smarter.”



Scotty Russell

“The biggest thing I learned was how the instructor (Wells Collins) broke down the basic strokes of each letter form.

I found a lot of value in learning hand movements and how to add intentional marks / swashes and ligatures to add balance and aesthetic to the overall word or phrase.”



Terence Tang

“I went into a (Crayligraphy) workshop feeling fairly comfortable with the subject/technique, but I still came away with a lot of great tips. Simply watching someone else’s process/technique in motion while they talk through it gives you tons of insight into how you can improve that of your own. I can study still-images of swashes and flourishes online all day long, but to hear someone explain why they put a flourish in a certain spot or the reasoning behind choosing a particular swash shape can be invaluable.

This has impacted my lettering in that I now think about my compositions very differently. I’ll even look back at my old work and immediately see how a different approach, different swash, or different flourish would’ve really made the piece stand out. No matter how much of an expert you might think you are, there’s always something new to learn from someone else.”

Learn In-person

As you can see, the in-person aspect of the workshop played a crucial role for three out of the four artists. For some, the human interaction between student and instructor makes a difference. You won’t be able to find that in an online course, book or even in this blog.

I encourage you to try one for yourself.

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