hand lettering

I'm currently attempting to hand letter a logo based off of some faint visual memories of some mid-century modern lettering I've seen through my travels. I'm hoping someone out there can look at what I have so far and point me to some existing typefaces or lettering that evoke this "style" so I may reference them to perfect the whole thing!
I would also love some general feedback and guidance if people are willing to share it!

I'm practicing hand lettering and have come across some fonts I like while browsing font stores on the web.
If I look at these fonts and draw them free hand with just a pencil and paper, am I infringing on the font's copyright?
I plan on selling the finished piece I create.

I am NOT printing the font and tracing over it. I am NOT tracing over an image of the font in Illustrator.
However, I AM looking at the font and free-hand drawing it.

Once I'm finished looking at the font and free-hand drawing it (NOT TRACING), it looks very similar but IS NOT an exact copy.
I feel my hand drawn version of the font is not an exact copy but does closely mimic the original font.
Again, I AM NOT TRACING, I am free-hand drawing while looking at the font to imperfectly replicate it.

Looking for a headline typeface for a fashion brand (ladies clothing) for adverts, website slides etc.
The brand is edgy and experimental and needs something different to the usual didone and sans serif styles.

I'm thinking something like Rihanna's style:
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I'd love to get some lettering commissioned but unfortunately can't do that so hoping someone knows of a decent font like this, preferably with a few alternates so it looks more hand done.

If anyone has any ideas for something like this, or any other ideas for a typeface.
Has to be edgy and Audacious!


I would love some critique/feedback on this logotype I'm working on. It's a for a game with themes of retro laundrettes/laundromats. It's worked up from sketches into illustrator, but I haven't been able to put the amount of time I would of like to at the moment. Anything would be great!


Illustration: Making Pictures

St Bride are hosting a one day conference on Illustration on the 19 June 2012. Come along if you want to see something a bit different... speakers include Linzie Hunter and Ben Flynn (Eine) who create their own iconic hand lettered work. Other speakers include John Lawrence, Kai and Sunny, Nic Rawling, Peter Schrank, Helen Stephens – more to be announced shortly.

Ascender is pleased to announce that a distribution agreement with the talented lettering artist [Bad link]. Laura has been in the type design field since 1997 and she has a deep passion type and lettering design.

I know i've seen this font somewere, but i cant remember it's name, please help me! : ) Thank you.

Along with technology, the tradition for store-bought notes of sentiment are ever changing, read all about it on Mohawk Fine Paper's Felt & Wire news blog http://www.feltandwire.com/?p=10246

(And, you can purchase this amazing, hand engraved "Thank You" card here: http://www.feltandwireshop.com/products/312-gilded-thank-you

soo I had a portfolio review last night and everyone LOVED my illustrations..which is great. But everyone also said to take my work to the next level I needed to hand draw my type. The problem is that I am scared...I know just enough about type to be dangerous...any one have some tips for me?

thanks in advance!

Hi everybody,
I'm a student of master in graphic design and I'm building a new typeface. It's a remake of a hand lettering. The original draw was made by a Oporto's seller.

Here is http://typophile.com/files/hamburg.jpg

I'm showing here for ask your contribution and opinion. I have many doubts about how I can adapt the original design for new caracters. Can anyone help me?
Please, say what do you think about. Sugestions and critics are welcome.

Another in my series of eccentric White Center (Seattle) signs made by merchants whose first language most likely isn't English. This made me laugh.

Funny how the first 4 letters in NAILS (left sign) are razor-sharp, but the writer went free-form with the S after presumably giving up on a ruler-based letter.

The rest of the text is wildly mixed cases, sizes and spacing.

Then the artist added hand-drawn palm trees, flower and butterfly to complete its beauty and fill in the disturbing white spaces. Maybe his wife told him it wasn't pretty enough to appeal to women customers.

Okay, so I'm revamping this logo a bit and would love some assistance in creating a logo that has a bit more of a properly swashing capital letter "B".
It's all in illustrator and was began from scratch in 2007.
There it sat, finished enough for production.
Yesterday i figured it needed updating.
I've enjoyed the changes so far, but the initial swash on the B is bugging me.

If you have any tips on getting it right, ANY comments would be appreciated.
(I've used minimal bezier points forever, so that is my underlying style. Extra points dirty up the curves in my humble opinion.)

Initial design: 2007

Idea going forward (not sold on the HIGH-water "B":



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Hello, who can tell me what kind of font this is.

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Swashy Coffee Mercy Mug

Been a while since I put something up on my typophile blog. This wraps around a coffee mug. When you have 2 toddlers as I do, coffee is mercy indeed. Have fun out there typophiles.

John Downer will be in New York City to teach a weekend-long intensive sign painting class at The Cooper Union in mid March. This class will be open to the public. The class has a very limited capacity so if you'd like to attend it would be wise to book early.

Get more info or sign up [Bad link]

There is a nice article on John's work on a shopfront in Brooklyn on Hannes Famira's [Bad link], the source of the image below.


I would like to show you a work I did using my Wacom tablet and Inkscape.
There was once a thread about calligraphy software and I am sure Inkscape is one of the best. It works different then CorelDraw and Illustrator but I think is more close to the traditional way except the strokes can be rearranged if necessary.

And a detail at actual size.

I would like to see your comments, critiques and advices so please feel free to post them.

A bigger version of it (1600 x 1200 px) can be downloaded from my site.

Thank you very much.

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New website

I have officially joined the new millennium and now have a website where you can see samples of lettering, calligraphy, and some of my typefaces.


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