Resources

Every letterer has tools that work best for them and these are a few of my favorites. Try them out, experiment and most importantly, have fun with it! Remember - the key to mastering anything is patience and dedicated practice.

 

Must-Haves

These three are my go-to favs and always in my daily kit.

ALVIN DRAFTMATIC MECHANICAL PENCIL .5MM

Mechanical pencils are super clutch and zero fuss. The sleek 0.5mm Draftmatic is especially great for travel.

PAPERMATE TUFF STUFF ERASER STICK

Eraser sticks are great for on-the-go lettering. I have yet to refill this Tuffstuff and I've had it for years!

TOMBOW FUDENOSUKE - SOFT (5-pack)

My #1 brush pen. The soft tip is perfect for varying stroke widths. They last a while but I buy them in bulk.


Beyond the Basics

These pens are great if you're looking to expand your daily kit.

TOMBOW FUDENOSUKE - HARD (5-pack)

A solid back-up brush pen, the hard tip Fudenosuke has more structure but enough give to create thick strokes.

SAKURA PIGMA MICRON GRAPHIC

This 1.0mm Micron is amazing for filling in large areas. I use it after outlining a piece with a thinner pen first.

KURETAKE FUDEGOKOCHI

This Kuretake has grown on me and is now one of my favorites. It offers nice thin lines and a deep black color.

TOMBOW DUAL

The Tombow can be tricky to get used to. It's best used with tracing paper to keep the tip from fraying quickly.

SAKURA PIGMA MICRON SET (6-piece)

The micron set is essential for any letterer. From detailed (.005) to thick (.08) weights, it's got it all.

COPIC SKETCH

The Copic's dual head is great for brush and gothic style lettering. The ink can bleed through, so be careful!


Additional Supplies

These products will help take your work from concept to completion.

WESTCOTT TRANSPARENT RULER

When creating guidelines and grids, a see-through ruler always comes in handy.

RHODIA UNI BLANK

Rhodia papers are incredibly sleek and bright white. They're great for use in both lettering and calligraphy.

MOLESKINE SQUARED NOTEBOOK

This hardcover square grid notebook is a staple at work and at home for sketching and refining ideas on the go.

HUION LIGHTBOX

Sleek, simple and super bright. The Huion's adjustable LED settings are great for tracing and refining sketches.

CANSON MARKER PAPER

Smooth with the right amount of transparency, this marker paper is perfect when using guides underneath.

WACOM INTUOS TABLET

It might take some getting used to, but controlling strokes and points is a breeze with a Wacom tablet. 


 

Books

Learning is good for the creative soul and these books are fantastic resources for inspiration and insight.

 

GRAPHIC ARTIST'S GUILD HANDBOOK

This guide is great at breaking down the contracts, licensing, fees and all of the details artists should keep in mind when dealing with clients. 

CUSTOM LETTERING FROM THE 40'S & 50'S

From scripts to sign painting, this book covers custom lettering from the 1940s-1950s. It's an incredible source for a variety of styles.

DANGEROUS CURVES BY DOYALD YOUNG

Accomplished lettering artist, Doyald Young, takes you through his process in this mind-blowing book. Note: Any Doyald Young book is a worthwhile investment.

MASTERING COPPERPLATE CALLIGRAPHY

Eleanor Winters' manual is a must-have for artists interested in understanding the formal style of copperplate calligraphy.

IN PROGRESS BY JESSICA HISCHE

Jessica takes us through her lettering tools, creative workflow and what it's like to illustrate projects for high-profile clients.

MODERN CALLIGRAPHY

Molly Suber Thorpe's book on modern calligraphy is a fun, easy-to-understand guide that walks through letterforms, various tools and project ideas.