Today’s exercise was to use transform letterforms using tracing paper, pencil and your imagination. To understand the complexity and small details of typefaces, this seemingly simple exercise gets your hand used to drawing the shapes and curves, thicks and thins of letterforms that will help you create your own typeface.
The results are magical! Look at these beautiful examples that were done in only 1 hour. Always keep in mind that the principles of basic design applies equally to typography, so focus on proportion, scale, contrast, balance and unity.
There is no better self-teaching method in typeface design than to spend time tracing letterforms from existing typefaces. It’s important to learn the rules before you break them!