How to Draw Letters – Its easy, right?
I was recently in the situation where I had to explain what a font was and that it was not as simple as just writing the alphabet. To help the explanation I scribbled down the letter ‘A’ with serifs and all the fancy guide lines to help the symmetry, and since then that person has not looked at type the same. Although after learning this information their life remained pretty much the same, it is nice to know that the creator of Times New Roman (Their font of choice) is getting some credit from someone who isn’t rocking a portfolio.
My point is that not everyone is a typographer, and to think that typography is ‘easy’ is not an unusual presumption. So the purpose of this article is to educate and guide you* (the people that think “drawing type is easy”) from where I once was, to understanding the basic complexities of drawing your own type and lettering.