In recent years, hand lettering has taken off in a huge way. Whereas typography is the art of arranging type in appealing ways, hand lettering is a painstaking but rewarding process where each nuance of the letters is drawn manually. In some cases, hand-drawn designs are later digitized, and there are even some instances of artists drawing letters on top of photographs.

If you pay attention, you’ll probably notice hand-drawn lettering almost everywhere. From product packaging to album covers, hand lettering is capturing attention and giving artists the recognition they deserve.

Although hand lettering requires a lot of patience, it’s relatively easy to learn. That’s largely due to the fact that some of the leading artists publish online tutorials and explain each phase of their creative process. Some also include videos so you can fully appreciate the planning and attention artists put forth to make the eventual outcome.

In terms of your own art, there is a huge amount of freedom with the styles and approaches you could take.

The examples below offer just a small sampling of the breadth of personality and style that’s possible. Even better, these examples should inspire you with not just how they look, but with what they say as well:

1. Mark van Leeuwen

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Mark van Leeuwen

2. Jen Roffe

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Jen Roffe

3. Ricardo Gonzalez

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Ricardo Gonzalez

4. Rob Draper

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Rob Draper

5. Ash Schweitzer

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Ash Schweitzer

6. Sean McCabe

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Sean McCabe

7. Biljana Kroll

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Biljana Kroll

8. Brad Almond

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Brad Almond

9. Tobias Saul

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Tobias Saul

10. Maarten Deckers

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Maarten Deckers

11. Lucia Mullerova

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Lucia Mullerova

12. Juliana Cardoso

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Juliana Cardoso

13. Justin Verkest

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Justin Verkest

14. Joshua Redmond

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Joshua Redmond

15. Abby Sy

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Abby Sy

16. Jenna Bresnahan

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Jenna Bresnahan

17. Tom Fallick

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Tom Fallick

18. Dan Lee

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Dan Lee

19. Pete Adams

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Pete Adams

20. Noah Kingston

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Noah Kingston

21. Jaclyn Le

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Jaclyn Le

22. Chrystal Elizabeth

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Chrystal Elizabeth

23. Jessica Elliott

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Elliott

24. The Lettering Supply Co

Hand Lettering Inspiration: The Lettering Supply Co

25. Risa Rodil

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Risa Rodil

26. Nate Williams

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Nate Williams

27. Tammy Ann Tan

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Tammy Ann Tan

28. Julia Henze

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Julia Henze

29. Kaitlyn Bender

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Kaitlyn Bender

30. Melissa Kartler

Hand Lettering Inspiration: Melissa Kartler

As you can see from this collection, the options are endless when you explore hand lettering. The styles — and what you want to say — are completely up to you, the artist.

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