Want to transform your handwriting? Try out these resources.

The following are recommendations from Alethea Allarey who taught Handmade Lettering at Pasadena Central Library.

To view photos of the workshop, see http://pasadena-library.net/teens/2016/handmade-lettering/.

Letterers to look up

Mary Kate McDevitt – http://marykatemcdevitt.com/

Sean McCabe – http://seanwes.com

Risa Rodil – http://risarodil.tumblr.com/

George Anzaldo – http://www.georgeanzaldo.com/

Dangerdust – https://www.behance.net/ddccad

Rhianna Wurman – http://rhiannawurman.com/

Abbey Sy – http://artistic-dreams.com/

Jake Weidmann (youngest master penman in the world!) –


Websites with more resources

Please note, some of these websites may be selling tutorials or subscriptions. You can get many free resources online without having to sign up or pay for anything if you don’t need/want to. Many creators provide free content because they want to generate traffic for their websites, however some also just want to teach and share their love of art and design. Don’t feel pressured to buy anything from them, but also be respectful of their copyrights.

Made by Marzipan + YouTube channel http://www.madebymarzipan.com/

The Art of Hand Lettering – http://theartofhandlettering.tumblr.com/

Self-Made Society – http://www.madevibrant.com/blog/

Hand-Lettering Tutorial – http://handletteringtutorial.com/

Skillshare (by subscription only)

Books to check out

Click on the title to find it at our library!


The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering: Create and Develop Your Own Style

The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering by Valerie McKeehan

Creative Lettering: Techniques & Tips from Top ArtistsMore Creative Lettering: Techniques & Tips from Top Artists

Creative Lettering and More Creative Lettering by Jenny Doh

Creative Lettering and Beyond: Inspiring tips, techniques, and ideas for hand lettering your way to beautiful works of art

Creative Lettering and Beyond by Gabri Joy Kirkendall

Draw Your Own Alphabets: Thirty Fonts to Scribble, Sketch, and Make Your Own

Draw Your Own Alphabets by Tony Seddon

Hand-Lettering for Everyone: A Creative Workbook

Hand-Lettering for Everyone by Cristina Vanko

Hand-Lettering Ledger: A Practical Guide to Creating Serif, Script, Illustrated, Ornate, and Other Totally Original Hand-Drawn Styles

Hand-Lettering Ledger by Mary Kate McDevitt

In Progress: See Inside a Lettering Artist's Sketchbook and Process, from Pencil to Vector

In Progress by Jessica Hische

Little Book of Lettering

Little Book of Lettering by Emily Gregory

Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques and Ideas for Transforming Your World

Sharpie Art Workshop by Timothy Goodman

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon


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