Hello! I have had a few people ask me about brush script lettering, so in this weeks newsletter, I want to share with you some tips and techniques for creating custom brush script lettering. I have split this newsletter into three sections: Understanding the Brush Script Style, Drawing Brush Script, and Digitizing in Adobe Illustrator using vector with the pen tool.
1. Understanding the Brush Script Style
Before attempting to draw this style, I think it is important to first familiarize yourself with its key attributes. Below are three ideas to help you start thinking about the construction of brush script letters.
2. Drawing Brush Lettering
To find a reference to practice from, you can find a few examples by searching “Brush Script Font” in google images. For your convenience, I have pulled the following example. (This font is available for purchase from www.FontBros.com)
I’ve got a thing for bold scripts, so for this demonstration I want to focus in on recreating one letter and redrawing it to be even more bold than it already is. I like the capital “R” of this alphabet, so paying attention to the watch-outs we just went through, let’s recreate the letter “R”.
3. Digitizing in Adobe Illustrator - Vector with the Pen Tool
I start by scanning in the lettering. Since we will be working with vector on top of the image, the scan does not need to be overly high resolution.
Before getting into placing points onto the art, let’s look at a couple examples.
In the demonstration above, You will see that I like to make adjustments to the path on the fly. In this example, I laid down a point at the far left of the leg, and then moved down to the lowest extrema to plot the next point. At the same time as I clicked to add that bottom point, I held down Shift and dragged to the right until the path between the two points curved to line up with my sketch. I then overshot the pointed corner, adjusted the curve with the direct selection arrow (A), doubled back, and then clicked and dragged to create the final curve path of the leg. I picked up this tip for dealing with pointed corners from the professional lettering artist and blogger Sarah Dayan. She does a great job of explaining the benefits of treating corners in this way, so I recommend you check out her post Vectorizing Hand Lettering: Handling Angles.