Here are some sketchbook pages from when I was working on this year’s Father’s Day cards. I love hand lettering, but it doesn’t come naturally to me. I really have to work for each letter, and I usually mess up a bazillion times before I get something that looks decent.
In early elementary school I remember getting an “N” on my report card for “not satisfactory” in handwriting. I cried. After that I tried harder, and for one of my handwriting exercises I even drew tiny curls on the ends of each letter in an attempt to go above and beyond “satisfactory.” My teacher gave me a check minus because I didn’t copy the letters exactly as they appeared in the handbook. Then she made me erase all the curls. Then she hit me with a ruler (not really, but the rest is true).
I’ve been making a point to incorporate more hand lettering into my designs. Practice makes perfect, right? I’ve also collected a lot of great examples of hand lettering on my Pinterest Typography board. If I really want to motivate myself I visit Molly Jacques’ website. I feel a little sick every time I look at her work because I’m
so jealous of so inspired by her lettering skills.