The skill sets that designers need to possess have been broadening day by day with calligraphy and lettering quickly becoming essential arts that designers must know. Considering the increased trend of these two, we are engaged in efforts to learn the basics of brush lettering. While most of the tutorials and teaching sessions are targeted at right-handers, left-handed individuals have been struggling with the challenging aspects of the skill. Saad Raja discusses the following fundamentals that will left-handed designers in mastering the art of lettering:
1) Knowing how to position the hand, wrist, and paper
These are strictly related aspects of the position of the arm and wrist together going with the way the paper is placed. Even in left-handed individuals, there are two types of designers that position their hand and wrist in different styles to be able to copy right-handed individuals as closely as possible. Some curve their hands around the pen to achieve the natural position of right-handers while others do not bend their wrists. Belief says that the curlers face more difficulty in learning brush lettering as compared to non-curlers since their hand causes a problem in reading what they have written and also causes smears from the wet ink.
For left-handed brush lettering, Saad Raja discusses the three different positions:
- Holding the paper 45 degrees to the left creating a diamond shape.
- Holding the paper at 35 degrees.
- Holding the paper straight at 90 degrees.
Considering the positions of the hand, wrist, and paper together are critical. It is emphasized for proper command over left-handed brush lettering that the arm must be kept perpendicular to the page bottom with the wrist being straight and the hand must be positioned below the writing line.
2) Properly holding the pen
Brush pens are usually very flexible and can easily be turned towards the left or right. This 360 degrees flexibility is advantageous for left-handers, but they need to make sure that they hold the pen above the word. It is preferable to grip the pen at least 1 to 1.5 inches away from tips. It is also recommended that the skill of curving the hand over letters while holding then pen appropriately must be regularly practiced for greatest output. Left-handed designers must start writing from the left side of the page to the right as it will help them in countering unnecessary handshaking. Like all right-handed designers, left-handers also need to consider adjusting the pen and papers appropriately for specific strokes maintaining the contrast of thick and thin. For left-handed beginners, it is suggested that they must start by writing large letters to relax their grip and then gradually make their way to practicing smaller size letters.
Overall it might be challenging to master left-handed brush lettering but these designers need to constantly repeat their practices, being patient, and notably take inspirations from those who have excelled and they too, like right-handed designers will become masters of this skill.