10 Typography and Lettering Books That Will Kickstart Your New Hobby

Learn the art of drawing letters.


(SPOT.ph) You can’t scroll through your Instagram feed these days without seeing at least one hand-lettered quote or song lyrics written in calligraphy. Chances are, those posts even get a double-tap from you. If you’re into typography, lettering, or calligraphy, you might want to check out these books to get you started on a new addiction.

Also read: 10 Sure Cures for the Monday Blues From the Artists Behind The ABCs of Hand Lettering




Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe (P899)
A modern approach to learning calligraphy, this book will teach you the basics and let you explore the possibilities of working with a pointed pen.




In Progress by Jessica Hische (P1,395)
See how award-winning hand lettering goes from sketch to final art as shown through Jessica Hische’s amazing work for clients such as Wes Anderson, Starbucks, and more!


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Little Book of Lettering by Emily Gregory (P1,195)
This little guide is actually a great reference for those who are getting into lettering. It features work from various artists with lots of different techniques you can pick up.




Left-Handed Calligraphy by Vance Studley (P289)
Just because you’re left-handed doesn’t mean you can’t try your hand at calligraphy!



Draw Your Own Alphabets: Thirty Fonts to Scribble, Sketch, & Make Your Own by Tony Seddon (P835)

Learn how to make your own fonts so you can create your very own hand-lettered signs!




The Speedball Textbook (P425)

A comprehensive guide to pen and brush lettering.

Available at Scribe Writing Essentials



Let’s Go Letter Hunting: A Field Guide for Typographic Expeditions by Friends of Type (P799)

If you’re the type to record fonts you see on the streets, this is the perfect accessory to tote around with your pens. There’s a grid guide to help you copy and sketch fonts you come across.




Creative Lettering by Jenny Doh (P965)

You’ll get tips and techniques from different artists in this book. Each artist gives you insight on their design process which will help you in your creative journey.



Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques and Ideas for Transforming Your World by Timothy Goodman (P595)

A big fan of markers? This might be the perfect book for you! It’ll show you the many ways you can use your Sharpie in creative forms.




Calligraphy Bible: A Complete Guide to More than 100 Essential Projects and Techniques by Maryann Grebenstein (P995)

Learn how to set up your workspace, find out what type of materials and tools you need, and everything else you need to master the art of calligraphy.


Titles are available at National Book Store (unless otherwise stated).


Also read: 10 Sure Cures for the Monday Blues From the Artists Behind The ABCs of Hand Lettering

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