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Swash Lettering Recorded Workshop + Guidebook + Optional Workbook

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Swash Lettering Recorded Workshop + Guidebook + Optional Workbook

Add excitement to ordinary serif & sans serif lettering with decorative swashes and eye-catching embellishments. Great for all skill levels.

NOTE: This is a recording of the Swash Lettering on May 11, 2024. You will receive the PDF guidebook, PDF workbook (if added on) and a link to the Zoom recording via email within 24-48 hours after checkout. To view the recording, you need to provide the email address associated with your Zoom account. You will have unlimited access to the recording until the link expires on July 1, 2024.

One ticket per individual–not for use with groups of more than one person or in classrooms. For group rates, please contact us directly.

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Flashy flourishes and inviting typographic ornaments are just the trick for bringing serif and sans serif letters to life. The looping, curling, and flowing forms of decorative embellishments add energy and attract attention to all kinds of lettering, from professional applications like logos and advertisements, to personal pieces and passion projects. In this entertaining information-packed workshop, you’ll learn how to use lively swashes to turn run-of-the-mill serif and sans-serif styles into exciting hand-lettered creations.
This comprehensive online class will begin with a overview of swash letters, covering fundamental concepts, key terminology, and important structural details. Next, we’ll examine the forms of several foundational typographic styles, identifying ideal points for extending flourished strokes. After discussing placement, you’ll learn methods for drawing and composing swashes in hand-lettered layouts, with a focus on construction, sizing, and positioning. You’ll also understand how to produce consistent strokes, establish good proportions, and balance negative spaces inside and around swash letters. Whether you’re an experienced pro, aspiring artist, or just an enthusiastic lettering buff, you’ll gain practical hands-on know-how for producing stunning swashes and looped letterforms in a variety of design settings for commercial jobs and personal projects alike.
We’ll delve into these topics and more as I illustrate them in real time. Sketch along with me as I answer all of your swash-related questions during this in-depth instructional presentation and live interactive drawing demonstration.
You’ll also receive a detailed 34-page PDF guidebook to help you create your own dramatic decorative letterforms. Add the bonus workbook to your ticket for additional concepts and exercises, and dive deeper into the exciting world of swash lettering!

Class time is approximately 4+ hours.

In this class, you’ll learn:
• How to energize standard serif and sans serif letter styles with stunning swashes
• Ideal letter styles to embellish with decorative strokes
• How to construct and compose swash elements in lettering layouts
• Common structures of swash embellishments
• How to properly size and space ornamented letters
• Techniques for modifying the contours of swashes and their components
• How to optimize swash letters in different design contexts
• Hands-on drawing methods for creating well-crafted and attention-getting swash lettering

This class is ideal for:
• Beginners and novice artists interested in establishing a practical foundation for drawing swash letters
• Experienced letterers who want to add excitement to ordinary serif and sans serif lettering
• Students from my previous workshops who are ready to upgrade their skill set and expand their range of styles
• Designers seeking a broader typographic palette to aid in type selection and style pairing
• Typeface designers who would like to add embellished letterforms to retail or custom fonts
• Art directors who want to confidently hire skilled lettering artists, and improve their communication with professional letterers
• Illustrators and other creatives interested in adding decorative swash letterforms to their work

I'll give lettering demonstrations on an iPad using Procreate, but you can also use these tools if you want to draw along with me:
• pencils and a pencil sharpener
• an eraser
• tracing paper
• grid/graph paper
• a ruler
• a computer or other electronic device, a reliable internet connection, plus a Zoom account to join the live online meeting and to watch the video recording
• access to a printer if you want to refer to a hard copy of the PDF guidebook
• a copy of my Lettering Manual is strongly recommended
• Although I'll be drawing in Procreate on an iPad, the limited timeframe will not allow for hardware or software instruction.


1. Ownership and Usage Rights: By registering for access to this recording, you hereby agree to the following stipulations:
a. Individual Use Only: The playback of this recording is exclusively intended for the individual who has purchased a ticket and is strictly prohibited for collective, corporate, or educational group use.
b. Restricted Use of Workshop Materials: All PDF workshop materials, including guidebooks and/or workbooks, are designated solely for personal use and must not be disseminated, duplicated, in part or in whole, or otherwise shared. You are authorized to produce one single copy for your own personal reference.
c. Ownership of Workshop Materials Swash Lettering PDF guidebook and PDF workbook is the exclusive property of Ken Barber.

2. Refund Policy: Due to the nature of this digital product, no refunds will be provided after purchase. It is imperative that you ensure your capability to access a reliable internet connection for viewing the workshop and receiving the PDF materials.

3. Access Expiration Date: Access to viewing the workshop will expire on July 1, 2024.

4. No Guarantee of Success or Profit: You acknowledge and agree that there is no guarantee of the ticket purchaser reaching a level of success or that you will gain any professional profit by viewing this workshop and using the class materials.

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