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.
These three are my go-to favs and always in my daily kit.
Mechanical pencils are super clutch and zero fuss. The sleek 0.5mm Draftmatic is especially great for travel.
Eraser sticks are great for on-the-go lettering. I have yet to refill this Tuffstuff and I've had it for years!
Beyond the Basics
These pens are great if you're looking to expand your daily kit.
A solid back-up brush pen, the hard tip Fudenosuke has more structure but enough give to create thick strokes.
This 1.0mm Micron is amazing for filling in large areas. I use it after outlining a piece with a thinner pen first.
This Kuretake has grown on me and is now one of my favorites. It offers nice thin lines and a deep black color.
The Tombow can be tricky to get used to. It's best used with tracing paper to keep the tip from fraying quickly.
These products will help take your work from concept to completion.
When creating guidelines and grids, a see-through ruler always comes in handy.
Rhodia papers are incredibly sleek and bright white. They're great for use in both lettering and calligraphy.
Love this soft cover, dot grid notebook for sketching and refining ideas on the go.
Sleek, simple and super bright. The Huion's adjustable LED settings are great for tracing and refining sketches.
Learning is good for the creative soul and these books are fantastic resources for inspiration and insight.
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.
From scripts to sign painting, this book covers custom lettering from the 1940s-1950s. It's an incredible source for a variety of styles.
Accomplished lettering artist, Doyald Young, takes you through his process in this mind-blowing book. Note: Any Doyald Young book is a worthwhile investment.
Eleanor Winters' manual is a must-have for artists interested in understanding the formal style of copperplate calligraphy.
Jessica takes us through her lettering tools, creative workflow and what it's like to illustrate projects for high-profile clients.
Molly Suber Thorpe's book on modern calligraphy is a fun, easy-to-understand guide that walks through letterforms, various tools and project ideas.