6 Hand Letterers We're Totally Digging Right Now
What is hand lettering?
Hand lettering is the craft of turning hand-written words into art. Like calligraphy, hand lettering can be used for a variety of projects including wedding invitations and wall art. It differs from using a computer font in that it is crafted by hand using paint, pens, or markers.
Best hand lettering designs and styles?
The best hand lettering style for you will depend on your taste. Some of the most popular hand lettering styles right now include whimsical cursive, old-school tattoo lettering, vintage advertising script, and the broad category of creative lettering, which creates amazing more depth by playing with color and shadow.
I love typography, especially hand lettered typefaces. Unlike classic fonts, I find hand lettered fonts extremely expressive. I feel like I’m seeing a piece of the artist that otherwise gets lost through traditional typography. It's truly an art form all its own! Since I love it so much, I'm always seeking out new lettering artists to fall in love with. Here are a few of our favorites!
1. Lauren Hom
I absolutely love Lauren Hom. she’s currently my artist crush. Just take one look at her art and I think you’ll understand why. She’s a Brooklyn based designer and letterer and currently my new artist crush. Just take a look at her art and I think you’ll understand why. She’s unapologetically honest and incredibly talented. Fall in love with more of her hand lettered quips.
2. Rob Draper
Rob Draper combines my love of food (let’s face it, Starbucks) and hand lettering to create amazing, one-of-a-kind pieces. Get inspired--and hungry--by his art!
3. Emma Trithart
One of our very own WNL Featured Artists, Emma’s pieces bring out the kid in me. Her work is so full of whimsy and wonderment, I can’t help but be in a cheery mood after looking at it. Though more of an illustrator, Emma often incorporates hand lettering into her illustrations, which I absolutely love.
4. Mary Kate McDevitt
Mary Kate McDevitt is a self-proclaimed “letterstrator” living in Philadelphia, PA. Her lettering style is quirky, intricate and oh so adorable. And did I mention hilarious? Never give up the quirk, Mary Kate. Never!
5. Patrick Cabral
Perhaps better known as Dark Gravity, Patrick Cabral is a type artist residing in Manila, Philippines. This guy has some serious skills! Often accompanied with scrolly flourishes his typefaces have so many different personalities.
6. Tatak Waskitho
A designer and letterer from Indonesia, Tatak Waskitho couples unique letterforms with interesting textures, which gives a charming retro feel to his lettering style.
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