5 Tips to improve your comic book lettering.




Breaking down comic book lettering...


Lettering your own comics by hand can streamline and lower the cost of production as well as offer another layer of creative control. Listed here are five fast tips to help you simplify the process. Lettering is its own discipline, so you won't get it down in a day but by breaking the letters down to their individual strokes, you will gather some valuable fundamentals.



  • Supplies

  • Practice Fundamentals

  • Negative spaces

  • A different way to think about lettering


  • Ames Lettering Guide (set to 3.5)

  • Straight Edge

  • Red Pencil

  • Graphite Pencil

  • Eraser

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1. Focus on One Stroke
Most comic letters start with a vertical stroke on the left side. If you only utilize one of these tips, let this be the one. After filling a few pages with these short strokes you will quickly see much more consistency in your lettering.
          Newbie Tip: Warm up and cool down with this exercise.

2. Don’t write letters, draw them
Make the mental shift that you are not writing, you are drawing. Remove the language and sound elements from the individual letters and see them as objective shapes and strokes.
          Newbie Tip: Focus on the shapes and negative spaces that are created by each letter.

3. Allow ample negative space where applicable.
Letters such as A,B,D,O,P,Q,R have closed off negative spaces which can look cramped if it's made too small. If the space looks small in pencil, it will no doubt get smaller when you ink it.
          Newbie Tip: Use larger negative spaces and reduce them incrementally until you find a good balance.

4. Focus on a few more strokes.