Saturday, 16 July 2016

A Bold Uppercase Handmade Font

With this week's YouTube tutorial, I got back into hand lettering with a bold uppercase font. I love working out new fonts and lettering styles, and for a while now I've been meaning to cover a font that includes a shadow or outline. Shadow fonts are a bit beyond the beginner level, as they require a fine artists pen and a steady hand. But with a little practice and precision they are more than achievable! 

One of the hardest things about outlining or shadowing letters, is always putting the outline in the right place. All letters need to look consistent so that your work looks polished and balanced. For that reason, I've prepped an alphabet (uppercase) that you can use as a reference while practicing this font. I can't make those thin, thin lines any easier to write (my hand always shakes when I get to the very end of a piece and I really, really don't want to mess it up!) but I can at least give you a guide so you know exactly where to put those annoying lines! 

First things first! Here is this week's lettering tutorial:

Okay. Now you've seen the tutorial and you want to get practicing! Hopefully the photos in this blog post will serve as something of a guide, but if you're working offline, or you just want to have the alphabet all to yourself on your very own device, you can click the following link and download a jpeg of my original alphabet. Find it here: Bold Font.jpeg

This font is quite bold. And it's a good tool to use when you want to draw your viewer's eye to an important word or group of words. Use it to highlight your theme on a poster, chalkboard or flyer; or try it out in a quote design.

I also love it as a 'title font'. I've used it here on my seashore poster. This summer we're living and working in Prince Edward Island, and we've rented a little cottage near the beach for the season. Currently, I'm attempting to learn the proper names of some of the island sea life, and I made this poster to help with my memory of all the seaweeds and shells. 

Check my YouTube channel next Friday for another new font video! See you then!


  1. One of my dreams is to visit PEI someday. (I'd love to see what you see.) Perhaps a video is in the works?
    I love this new font! Do you think you will do a lowercase one as well? Thanks for your tutorials Shayda. I thoroughly enjoy them and learn so much!

    1. So glad you like the font and the tutorials! Thanks for the kind comments, I really appreciate it! I am going to do a video all about myself and about my surroundings (PEI) as soon as I get my new computer (I have a new camera to shoot this video with, but I can't upload it because my laptop is so old :( So I'm just waiting on the technology in order to make the video that I really want to make. It should be done in August.

  2. I love what you do. I am at the beginning stages of learning hand lettering and you are by far one of the best at combining hand lettering and illustrations. What did you do or do you do to practice and improve? I feel like I have hit a wall and cannot get any better than mediocre.

    1. Hi Ellie, I know exactly how you feel. When I was learning to draw I could actually visualize how the piece would go wrong before I even started it. In other words, I could predict what my problem areas would be. But that's also how I got better, I would visualize what I could do well before I started a piece and I would focus on drawing things that I knew I would be successful at. Once I had pieces that I was really proud of, I found it easier to branch out and tackle things that I found harder to illustrate. Work on the images (say flowers) that you find enjoyable and easy. Keep adding more detail and perfecting your style. When you have your confidence up, then you can try drawing the things that you find harder (say, animals). Also, use images from books to help guide you. Drawing from a 2D image (especially a physical one that you have with you) is sometimes easier than drawing from life or from an online image. Hope that helps! Feel free to share your work on my 11th apartment FB page!

  3. Hi Shayda,

    I really like your hand-lettering videos and your classy blog.
    I have noticed that you add a jpg document with the whole alphabet in it. Thank you very much§ This is really helpful. I wanted to ask if it would be possible to do the same for your first hand-lettering videos. I'm struggling to make some letters such as W, Z... Thank you again for your beautiful inspirational work:)

  4. Seriously... You pick a quote to illustrate from one of the most maniacal ASSHOLES on the planet — Kayne West! Seriously???

  5. Hello Shayda!

    I just discovered your YouTube channel and Blog. I have to say, I am hooked!!!

    I am in love with how you make illustrating and faux-ligraphy so easy to accomplish. I never, in a million years, thought I could attempt any of this. I am enjoying your tutorials and all the great hints, tips, and tricks you share along the way.

    Thanks to you, (and practice) I feel somewhat successful at each of the things I've tried. Thank you! :)

    And, BTW, your new MacBook Pro is awesome! :) I love unpackaging all of my Apple products...they are such a carefree & essential part of my life. I look forward to MANY more creative times 'together' :)

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