Introduction to Brush Lettering

A course by James Lewis
Lettering Artist. Cardiff, United Kingdom.
Joined September 2019
, Lettering Artist

Learn how to use brush pens and lettering brushes to create letters, words, and phrases

  • 91% positive reviews (77)
  • 2617 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to use brush pens and lettering brushes to create letters, words, and phrases

  • 91% positive reviews (77)
  • 2617 students
  • 17 lessons (2h 28m)
  • 10 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

It was just over seven years ago that James Lewis had the realization that his handwriting was, in his own words, terrible. So at that moment, he devoted himself to improve it, to the point that he’s now a full-time illustrator, specialized in calligraphy and lettering, working with clients like Pepsi, Amazon, Montblanc, the BBC, and more. How’s that for improvement?

In this course, James will teach you everything you need to know to begin your brush lettering practice. You’ll receive all of his techniques and information that will allow you to develop your own custom letters and words.

By reviewing world-famous logos and understanding how they’re made, you’ll develop the skillset to design the most recognized logotypes of the future.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Who is James Lewis?
  • U2
    U2. The Fundamentals of Brush Lettering
  • U3
    U3. Brush Lettering a Logo
  • U4
    U4. Going Further
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Who is James Lewis? Start the course by getting to know him and his work, which he explains in detail. When discussing his influences, he comments on the books and other things that have influenced his professional career.

Through practice, you will understand all that goes into making a hand-lettered logotype with the brush and brush pen. Explore the tools you need, one by one, as well as the theory, and the differences between calligraphy, hand lettering, and type design.

Apply what you've learned and practiced into emulating a well-known logo, from drawing it and tracing it into the canvas to painting it and applying the final touches.

The last unit of this course focuses on finalizing and presenting your piece in a clear and professional way. Learn about varnishing and framing your work, as well as the best tips to scan and digitize it before sharing your work on Instagram.

What is this course's project?

You’ll paint two famous logos and complete the guide sheet, learning a unique style of brush lettering.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is aimed at the lettering enthusiast looking to convert their hobby into a viable business. Also, graphic designers looking to expand their logotype knowledge and skillset in an effort to stand out in a crowded market and provide a truly bespoke service to their clients.

Requirements and materials

You won't need any previous experience or knowledge.

As for materials, you'll need a lettering brush, a brush marker, acrylic paint, pencil, ruler, tracing paper, carbon transfer paper, grid paper, canvas board, and an easel or desk stand.


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James Lewis

A course by James Lewis

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Lettering Artist

James Lewis is a multidisciplinary British artist, specializing in calligraphy and lettering, with clients such as Pepsi, Amazon, Montblanc, the BBC and more. He's well-known on both Instagram and TikTok with a combined following on both apps of over 1.5 million.

He began his career as a digital logotype & lettering designer but slowly transitioned from designer to artist by focusing on calligraphy and painting. His passion for letters, social media understanding, and a handcrafted approach have formed the basis of his career.

James has exhibited his art and taught lettering workshops all around the world.


  • U1

    Who is James Lewis?

    • Introduction
    • Influences
    • What We Will Do in the Course
  • U2

    The Fundamentals of Brush Lettering

    • Tools and Technique
    • Calligraphy, Lettering, and Type Design
    • An introduction to Brush Lettering - The Brush Pen
    • Beginning with a Brush
    • Developping your Skills with a Brush - Part 1
    • Developping your Skills with a Brush - Part 2
    • Developping your Skills with a Brush - Part 3
  • U3

    Brush Lettering a Logo

    • Brief and Custom Logos
    • Logo Painting Preparation
    • Replicating Coca Cola’s logotype - The Paint Brush
    • Replicating Champion's logotype: A Different Approach
  • U4

    Going Further

    • Varnish and Framing our Work
    • From Analog to Digital
    • Showcasing your work and building an audience
  • FP

    Final project

    • Final Project

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Introduction to Brush Lettering. Calligraphy, and Typography course by James Lewis

Introduction to Brush Lettering

A course by James Lewis
Lettering Artist. Cardiff, United Kingdom.
Joined September 2019
  • 91% positive reviews (77)
  • 2617 students