Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Book Nook: The Complete Photo Guide to Hand Lettering & Calligraphy

My daughter's love of art carries over into every arena, and she's just starting to get into fancy writing too. She loved a book I got to review,  The Complete Photo Guide to Hand Lettering and Calligraphy.

The book bills itself as "the essential reference for novice and expert letterers and calligraphers." I know that for newbies like her (and myself) there was a ton of information here - but because every author has a different style, it's going to have new information even for experienced artists.

The book is very clear regarding tips and equipment. It also provides tangible, step-by-step ways to practice different styles, to improve anyone's technique. It even touches on digital tools. The writing styles are beautiful and appropriate for letters, sign-making, and gifts. 

Abbey Sy is an artist and designer whose passion for hand lettering and design is inspired by retro advertising, desaturated hues, and vintage labels. She is the author of Hand Lettering A to Z (Rockport Publishers) and The Complete Photo Guide to Hand Lettering and Calligraphy (CPi). Abbey is also the founder and creative director of ABC Magazine, a publication for artists, crafters, and makers; produces her own merchandise; and teaches art and hand lettering classes. She is based in Manila, Philippines.

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