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Difference between Hand Lettering and Calligraphy

Hand lettering vs Calligraphy

Writing and illustrating words is a type of art. Creating words on paper with neat and clean designs, stroke is a well-crafted and patient art. There are many such art forms which promote writing into “THE ART”. Here is a list of the most famous:

  • Hand Lettering
  • Calligraphy
  • Typography

They are all beautiful art of writings in their own way. It has been noticed that people are often confused between them, especially between hand lettering and calligraphy - due to a few similarities.

What is Hand Lettering?

Hand lettering is an art of illustrating letters to give them a dramatic effect by shaping and drawing them in various characters and patterns. The best part about this is that there are no particular rules to be followed, except for that they should be readable.

This art of illustrating letters was developed a hundred of years ago, majorly in the early 1800’s with the rise of industrialization worldwide. Gradually, it became very popular and was vastly used in signage advertising.  Hand lettering was thought to be a dying art in the late 1900s to early 2000s due to digitalization. But on the contrary, thanks the digital age, hand lettering has now become a famous art, spurring it into various commercial fields of art forms.

To practice hand lettering these the tools would come in handy-

  • Pencil - You can sketch and erase your ideas easily off the paper unlike with the pen.
  • Roller scale - Roller scale is a great tool when you've to draw grids. It is otherwise also a very tricky tool to use and if not managed can spoil the art.
  • Miscellaneous - The other things required are water colours, acrylic colours, brushes, palette, etc.

What is Calligraphy?

Calligraphy is an art of writing beautifully in the tweaking pattern while writing the words. Calligraphy is an ancient and globally popular art form. It has been in continuance since 600. B.C., where it was originally invented in Rome. Since then, with the rise of modern calligraphy, calligraphy has undergone many major changes.

As mentioned before, calligraphy is an art of writing and does not speak just one language. It is adaptable in various languages, which has given birth to doing calligraphy in many languages as below-

  • Chinese Calligraphy
  • Indian Calligraphy
  • Western Calligraphy
  • Arabic Calligraphy

Calligraphy is immensely popular and requires practice and concentration to master the art. Calligraphy unlike hand lettering, has set of rules to follow for each pattern. It can be freely used in any shapes too.

 

The tools required for Calligraphy are

  • Dip pens – They are the traditional calligraphy tools, and are used for scripts such as copperplate, etc.
  • Brush pens – They are also used for calligraphy and they are usually cheaper and a more approachable tool for beginners. Brush lettering can be done with brush pens.
  • Flat nib pens – They are used for calligraphy scripts such as gothic calligraphy, italics, uncials, roman capitals and many more.
  • Fountain pens – They are more suited for penmanship as (most of them) don’t have a flexible nib by default which is necessary for creating thick and thin lines – like with the dip pens.

The conclusion is that it is important for artists to understand the work that goes in two different art forms.

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