Start with the basics | Real-time brush lettering [Video]

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Do you know about the basic strokes that make up modern calligraphy? It's a set of shapes and building blocks that serve as an introduction to drawing letterforms.

When I first started lettering, I didn't have the slightest clue about these basic strokes and attempted (unsuccessfully) to practice brush calligraphy with every brush pen I could find, thinking I just didn't have the right pen.

Tools | Faber-Castell PITT Artist Brush Pen, Rhodia dot grid pad

Music | Chasing the Sun by Nick Petrov via

It wasn’t until I realized there was a “formula” to learning brush calligraphy that I started seeing improvement in my letter formations. The "right" pen doesn't make the artist/calligrapher. Starting with the basics and practicing good habits gives you the confidence to experiment with different pens, mediums, and styles that once weren't "right" for you.

There is no “fast-track” to achieving your own whimsical, signature modern calligraphy style. Sure, you can start off by emulating others, but to truly develop your own unique style requires hours of consistent practice - experimenting with different letter formations, studying different styles, and a whole lot of trial and error.

As long as you have mastered the basics, you'll be able to master whatever tool you pick up - be it the brush pen, pointed pen, or even a paint/water brush. Your style possibilities will be endless!

Ready for the basics? Join me for a workshop or download my beginner’s guide to brush calligraphy to start practicing at home and check back in the coming weeks for a video tutorial all about the basic strokes!