My Top 5 Tips for Pencil Lettering

Last week I started the Pencil Lettering Challenge on Instagram and so far it’s already been a blast seeing everyone’s work and participation. For this weeks prompt I thought it would be helpful to include My Top 5 Tips for Pencil Lettering. So whether you are taking the challenge or just find it is difficult to create clean lines with a pencil then these tips will be super helpful! I can definitely say that I’ve struggled with creating a clean composition with just a pencil. But luckily I’ve already worked out a lot of the kinks that come with pencil lettering and I would love to share those with you. Woo woo!

My Top 5 Tips for Pencil Lettering

1) Lightly sketch your final design first: So once you’ve decided on your layout, composition, and how you want your final lettering to look, very lightly sketch it out on your paper

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2) Work from the top down: During your lettering process start from the top and work your way down to a final design. Don’t move to a new section until you’ve finalized a section above.

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3) Add strokes to your letters: When you are creating letters and or shapes I recommend creating a clear line that surrounds that shape. Once you’ve outline fill in the shape!

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4) Pressure is your friend: An easy way to make your lettering look more refined is to use pressure! Apply more pressure to darken letters and apply less pressure to make lighter letters.

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5) Protect your work: Keep a clean piece of paper nearby and use it as a barrier between your lettering and your hand. This will protect your lettering and prevent smudges!

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6) Make your own tip! Can’t wait to see everyone’s work and tips they come up with!

Pressure is Your Friend! Apply more pressure to give your letters a cleaner look!

Pressure is Your Friend! Apply more pressure to give your letters a cleaner look!

 


Natalie Avalos