Brush Basics Lesson 4 | Curve #2

Welcome back to Lesson 4!

How did you find our last compound curve? Pretty fun, right? 😬 That curvy-wurvy is one of my faves to tweak when I’m creating a new lettering style! But before you put your own twist on lettering, you gotta get the basics down.

You know the saying you gotta learn to crawl before you run? Same here. Learn the rules before you break them! I’m watching you! 😉

Rules bring us to today’s lesson on the other compound curve! If you play by the rules, this curve is what you use to join letters like U and N, I and N, and so on! Which is why today you’re learning two things:

1. How to draw this second curve, and
2. Spacing between letters — and how to use this stroke!

Yup, we’re jumping ahead a bit so you’re getting a little taste of letters too! Let’s get to it!

#1 | It’s also a five-step process!

This one just starts as an underturn first instead! In the same way I broke down the first curve into five steps, I do the same here: downstroke, lift + turn, curvy diagonal upstroke, press + turn, downstroke.

The pace for pressure changes here is slower compared to the first curve, but this still helps with visualising and execution!

If you’ve problems with pressure changes, the tips from lesson 2 totally apply here too!

#2 | Letter spacing

As I mentioned, this stroke is for joining up letters, so we gotta talk about letters and letter spacing — aka bonus spoilers! 🎉

When writing words, the space between each letter should be equal so it looks nice and consistent. The space between A and U should be the same as the space between I and N! The first example is easy — you just put the strokes beside each other, no problem!

With I and N, you’ll be using this stroke instead, so this stroke needs to take up the same amount of space as the underturn from the I would normally take!

That way, your spacing stays consistent and everything looks put together!

#3 | It’s your turn!

Nothing beats actually practicing, so you know what to do!

This lesson’s homework is remarkably similar to last lesson’s too. Warm up with lessons 1 and 2, then practice today’s stroke. Once again, I suggest taking at least a day or two to work through this one before jumping to the next lesson — it’s not an easy one, but it’s a critical one! 

See you there!


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