Introduction to Sign Painting

A course by Miguel Reyes
Typographic designer and lyricist. New York, United States.
Joined March 2017
, Typographic designer and lyricist

Learn the basic principles of signage with brushes

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (52)
  • 1080 students
Introduction to Sign Painting

Learn the basic principles of signage with brushes

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (52)
  • 1080 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 13 Lessons (2h 6m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Miguel Reyes - typewriter and lyricist - is part, since 2013, of the New York typesetter Commercial Type. His work can be found in countless places and it is practically impossible to trace him, but the fonts designed by him can be seen in the Mexican newspaper 'El Universal', 'La Repubblica' (Italy) and in all the newspapers of the McClatchy Group ( U.S).

In this course he will teach you the basic principles of one of his favorite techniques: brush lettering. This brush-painting technique, also known as sign painting, has been frequently used in American supermarket signs, unique in their expressiveness and character when they are made by hand. In the hand of Miguel, you will learn to make casual letters, one of the most popular styles of labeling.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Rotulism
  • U3
    U3. Casual letters and variants
  • U4
    U4. Elaborating your piece
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will start learning what is the labeling and its differences with calligraphy, typography and lettering.

Miguel will talk about casual letters, one of the most used styles in sign painting. It will also explain what materials you need to develop this technique and carry out your brush lettering projects.

Next, you will learn the basic principles to represent casual letters. You will do some exercises and you will see Miguel execute all kinds of strokes that will help you practice the use of the brush.

You will make your own alphabet with a brush in its casual , upright , script and bold versions. You will also learn to draw numbers and some special characters.

Once you have learned the construction of the letters, you will get involved in the project. You will start working on the composition and you will make the first sketches.

Afterwards, you will see how to successfully transfer your sketch to the final support and refine all the details to create an impeccable piece.

What is this course's project?

You will make a poster where you will apply all the variants that you have learned during the course.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Lettrists, designers, calligraphers, illustrators and anyone interested in learning the technique of brush lettering.

What you need

No prior knowledge is necessary. With regard to the materials, you will need basic drawing tools, paper, paint and a flat brush.


1080 Students
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Miguel Reyes

A course by Miguel Reyes

Typographic designer and lyricist

Graphic designer training, Miguel Reyes his love for letters has led him to specialize in typographic design and lettering. Since 2013, he has been a typographical designer at the international typesetter Commercial Type and his work is published every day in newspapers such as 'El Universal', in Mexico, 'La Repubblica', in Italy and in all the newspapers of the McClatchy Group, U.S.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2


    • Lettering and casual lettering
    • Description of materials
  • U3

    Casual letters and variants

    • Basic strokes and first exercises
    • Uppercase
    • Numbers and special characters
    • Upright / Bold
    • Script
  • U4

    Elaborating your piece

    • Definition of the project and references
    • Bocetaje
    • Development of the poster
    • Refinement and final piece
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Sign Painting with casual letters

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Introduction to Sign Painting. A Calligraphy, and Typography course by Miguel Reyes

Introduction to Sign Painting

A course by Miguel Reyes
Typographic designer and lyricist. New York, United States.
Joined March 2017
  • 100% Positive reviews (52)
  • 1080 students