Retro American Lettering: Discover the Interlock Style

A course by Francis Chouquet
Lettering Artist and Typographer. Neuwiller, France.
Joined July 2016
, Lettering Artist and Typographer

Create a unique poster with striking compositions by exploring hand lettering techniques in Procreate

  • French with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (33)
  • 608 students

Create a unique poster with striking compositions by exploring hand lettering techniques in Procreate

French with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (33)
  • 608 students
  • 20 lessons (3h 27m)
  • 22 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: French
  • French, Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Do you love all things vintage? Want to discover American modernism through lettering art? If you're a total "typochondriac" like Francis Choquet, this course is perfect for you!

Join him and discover this prolific artistic movement which, between the 1950s and the 1970s, experimented extensively with letters and their forms. Draw mostly by hand, but also get to grips with some great digital tools. Travel through time and get inspired to create compelling lettering art.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Lettering and theory
  • U3
    U3. Creation of the lettering
  • U4
    U4. Work in Procreate
  • U5
    U5. For further
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting to know Francis Chouquet and discovering his atypical career path, which has stretched from web design to lettering. He tells you about meeting the artist Ken Barber, which was a pivotal moment for him.

He then introduces you to the tools and fundamental elements of typography. Do you know the difference between typography, calligraphy, and lettering? Familiarize yourself with calligrams, which are especially suited to the interlock style.

Then, create a mood board to help you find inspiration and do some small sketches in thumbnail form. Once you've decided on a format, create a solid base using the "skeleton" technique, inside which you can play around with different styles.

After this exciting handiwork, it's time for the digital tools! Transfer your final sketch to Procreate, create layers, and work on the inking, before adding color, texture, and grain.

Learn how to prepare your file for printing and share it on social media. As a bonus, discover how to give it an even more retro vibe thanks to a technique used in screen printing or risography. Now you've got all the skills to create your own amazing vintage lettering!

What is this course's project?

Create a piece of interlock lettering for a festival poster in the vintage style of American modernism.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to discover modernism to enrich their personal lettering style.

Requirements and materials

You need paper, pencils, an iPad, and Procreate.


608 Students
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Francis Chouquet

A course by Francis Chouquet

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Lettering Artist and Typographer

After a career in web design and evening classes in art school, Francis Chouquet finally started lettering, an art form he has been passionate about since he was young.

One meeting with artist Ken Barber and a few strokes of the pencil later, he found himself working for Adobe and Fontself, as well as surfing clubs, for whom he designed many logos and posters.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • My Influences
  • U2

    Lettering and theory

    • Discovery of tools
    • The basics of typography
    • The interlock
    • The calligram
  • U3

    Creation of the lettering

    • Find inspiration
    • The first sketches
    • The Skeleton Technique
    • Different styles of letters 1
    • Different styles of letters 2
  • U4

    Work in Procreate

    • Importing the sketch
    • Inking on different layers 1
    • Inking on different layers 2
    • The choice of color palette 1
    • The choice of color palette 2
    • Textures, grain effects and tweaking
  • U5

    For further

    • Export and print
    • Tips for publishing your work online
    • Layering Technique
  • FP

    Final project

    • Retro American Lettering: Discover the Interlock Style

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Retro American Lettering: Discover the Interlock Style. Calligraphy, and Typography course by Francis Chouquet

Retro American Lettering: Discover the Interlock Style

A course by Francis Chouquet
Lettering Artist and Typographer. Neuwiller, France.
Joined July 2016
  • 100% positive reviews (33)
  • 608 students