Visual Storytelling with Hand-Lettering and Illustration

A course by David Leutert , Illustrator and Lettering Artist

Illustrator and Lettering Artist. Berlin, Germany.
Joined May 2021

Learn the basics of hand-lettering and find your own style by combining custom typographic elements with illustrations that tell stories

  • German with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (32)
  • 1174 students

Learn the basics of hand-lettering and find your own style by combining custom typographic elements with illustrations that tell stories

A course by David Leutert

Whether it's designing T-shirts for Adidas or graphic design work for MTV, lettering artist and illustrator David Leutert's work is always done 100% by hand. Thanks to influences like skateboarding, DIY punk and hip hop, cartoons, comics, and sign painting, he has truly taken his art to the next level. He creates original designs and compositions with custom letters, playing around with well-known font styles and historic references.

In this course, learn to design your own typographic poster, discover the basics of hand-lettering and combine text with illustration. David shows you that everyone has the potential to draw their own lettering and, with his help, you can develop your own personal style through your visual art. By the end of this course, you'll be able to use letters as a tool for communicating your ideas and making your voice heard.

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What will you learn in this online course?

18 lessons & 18 downloads

German with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (32)
  • 1174 students
  • 18 lessons (3h 40m)
  • 18 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: German
  • German, Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create your own poster combining lettering and illustration, whether it's for sharing on social media or printing out to give to your friends.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to get started in the world of hand-lettering or who has some experience in typography and would like to perfect their technique, as well as illustration professionals looking to master this composition style.

Requirements and materials

Some background knowledge in typography would be useful but not essential.

As for materials, you need a sketchbook, a pencil, and an iPad (6th generation or later) with the Procreate application installed, as well as an Apple Pencil.


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David Leutert

A course by David Leutert

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Illustrator and Lettering Artist

David Leutert is a freelance illustrator and lettering artist based in Berlin. Born and raised in Bavaria, he became interested in drawing at a very young age. However, it was thanks to cartoons, comics, cover art, and skateboard graphics that he realized that this was his true passion. After completing his training in media design, he studied design at the Lutheran University of Applied Sciences, Nuremberg. He then began working over the summer as a T-shirt designer for Adidas, before moving to New York to pursue a master's degree in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts.

In hand typography, his strong suit is contrasting outlines with limited color palettes. To perfect his lettering technique, he also dabbles in the ancient craft of sign painting. His clients include brands such as Adobe, Coach, Dropbox, MTV, and Pepsi, and his work has won awards from the Society of Illustrators, the Art Directors Club, and American Illustration as well as Communication Arts and 3x3 magazines, among others.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Lettering Basics

    • What Is Hand-Lettering and What Will You Need for the Course?
    • The Lettering Styles We Will Focus On
    • Lettering Styles in Practice
    • How to Find a Good Saying and Concept
  • U3


    • Analog Mood Board
    • Digital Mood Board
    • Illustration and Storytelling
    • Free Sketches and Composition
  • U4

    Let’s Design Your Poster

    • Introduction to Procreate
    • Refining the Sketch 1
    • Refining the Sketch 2
    • The Final Design
    • Colour
    • Details and Shading
  • U5

    And Now?

    • Presentation Options and Export
    • Finding Your Style
  • FP

    Final project

    • Visual Storytelling with Hand-Lettering and Illustration

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Visual Storytelling with Hand-Lettering and Illustration. Calligraphy, Typography & Illustration course by David Leutert

Visual Storytelling with Hand-Lettering and Illustration

A course by David Leutert
Illustrator and Lettering Artist. Berlin, Germany.
Joined May 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (32)
  • 1174 students