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I am a 24 year old hand-lettering aficionado and antiquarian junk collector extraordinaire from Neptune City, New Jersey. I have an extensive music collection and an ever growing library of sign-painting and lettering books. I’m also a connoisseur of screen-printed posters and an avid animal lover and travel enthusiast.

I’ve been really getting into neon signage lately, so I’m just trying my hand at a quick rough sketch of my name styled after those killer signs. What really made them great was not only their glow but the backing sheet metal panels and the dimension and depth they had had. I may take this exploration further and actually make a proper design out of it eventually.

#lettering #handdrawn #handlettering #handtype #goodtype #neon #neonsign #thedailytype #typographi #typographyinspired #calligritype #typespire #sinktypebook #typeverything

Lehigh Gorge. Best place I know.

Solid mail day - 6 lettering and show card books to add to the collection. The two on the left rule - David’s Practical Letterer (red) and Gordon’s Lettering For Commercial Purposes.

#letteringlibrary #bookhunter #readmore #learnmore #signpainting #lettering #showcards #shocards
Trying out a new fill style with this design I’m learning from one of my books. Digging the effect thus far.

#lettering #handdrawn #handlettering #handtype #goodtype #sinktypebook #typespire #calligritype #thedailytype #typographyinspired #typographyjournalsubmission
It’s Monday, which means more good mail. Found a neat little show card booklet online last week that I couldn’t pass up. No publication date but I have to imagine it’s either from the teens or twenties. 

#shocards #showcards #signpainting #books #bookhunter #letteringlibrary #readmore #learnmore
Some quick script work, needs some tweaking but I was just going for a more quick and natural look with this than an ultra precise approach.
I did a hand lettering tutorial a few months back for the GoMedia Arsenal. It has over 90 minutes of content and I go over everything from which tools I use, how to select the right ones for the job at hand, where and how to pursue reference material, composition, layout, rough sketches, inking, coloring, texturing and mocking up a design and more. This is a page I just came across again in my notebook from that tutorial - it was kind of an improv bit of the video where I just whipped this together randomly showing the difference in pens (fine liner, brush tip, and parallel pen). 

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A common question I get asked a lot being Instagram’s resident lettering and type book nerd is “what books are cheap and readily available (not OOP) that I can get with good vintage material?”. @louisefili and @thedailyheller make some extremely wonderful modern books that are very well made and packed with beautiful work, and their books usually run around the $20+ range. However, if you’re in a realllll tight spot for money but still want quality - pick these up. Litterally PENNIES plus shipping on Amazon right now.

#lettering #letteringlibrary #books #bookhunter #trademarks #readmore #learnmore
Got an old Impala decal (emblem, name plate, whatever it’s officially called?) today. This was always one of my favorites as a kid and still to this day, cars used to have such stellar lettering. Also nabbed a Mercury one but it needs a bit of serious cleaning. 

#chevrolet #impala #caremblem #decal #chrome #lettering #cars
Another incredible original specimen from Daniel T. Ames in the collection I browsed the other day. This one had some corrections made in white (may be hard to see here) but it’s nice to know even the masters needed to tweak their work from time to time.

#zaner #bloser #zanerian #zanerbloser #penmanship #scrantonuniversity #danieltames #blackletter #calligraphy #goodtype #calligritype #typespire #typographyinspired #typographyjournalsubmission #thedailytype #sinktypebook