Debi Adams guides you back to basic lines and shapes in Lettering Lessons: Creative Geometric Lettering. If you think that basic means boring, you’re all wrong. Debi presents a plethora of hand lettering ideas for transforming simple shapes into unique and artful letters. You will not be disappointed.
Debi shows so many creative ways to build and alter letters, I chose a few of her lettering styles to try to give you a taste of her fun techniques.
This is a great hand-lettering technique if you’re short on space or just want to illustrate a word, like hug. The letters are drawn so they overlap, which was especially effective for a word like hug.
Using rectangles for the tall letters (one of the many geometric shapes available) and making them look like rulers adds a fun twist. Debi’s triangle-shaped A fits right in. Including the word “stand’ in cursive carries the message without taking away from the focal word.
Corral the Letters
Use the geometric shape to enclose letters. Look how “joy” pops when surrounded by colorful shapes.
Use Simple Shapes
Use lines and angles in a variety of ways to create one-of-a-kind lettering. Such a small word, but it has such personality when shapes are used to transform it.
Decorate Inside the Letters
Geometric shapes form the letters, and a variety of hand-drawn designs take the style up a notch. Color is a star player here, too, but it’s the simple shapes that steal the show.
Get in Shape!
Let a drawn shape determine the way the letters are formed. Hand lettering takes on a whole new look when captured inside a focal shape. If you thought the letters within a word had to be the same size to make sense, think again. Here, an apple and a star take center stage, and look how cool they look.
Try Hand Lettering Yourself
Use Debi’s inspired techniques in Creative Geometric Lettering to transform your hand lettering and create a unique and artful alphabet. If you love lettering like I do, check out the 2016–2017 Collector’s Edition, where you’ll find a lots of creative ways to have hand-lettering fun.