Creative Calligraphy: Find Your Style with a Sketchbook

A course by João Varela , Lettering Artist and Type Designer

Lettering Artist and Type Designer. Lisbon, Portugal.
Joined September 2021

Experiment with brush strokes and lettering techniques to develop your own unique visual language

  • 100% positive reviews (22)
  • 708 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Experiment with brush strokes and lettering techniques to develop your own unique visual language

A course by João Varela

“I've always thought that words are the best conveyor of meaning, both through their message and their shape.”

Lettering artist and type designer João Varela specializes in using different materials, techniques, and styles to design experimental letter forms based on traditional calligraphy. He collaborates with clients and studios, alongside publishing his personal projects and sharing his creative process on social media.

In this online course, João teaches you the basics of traditional calligraphy and how to reinvent it, from simple geometric strokes to more elaborate letters. Develop your own sketchbook, filled with creative lettering exercises and use it to help you build your artistic style. Find your stroke and intensify the power of written language.

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What will you learn in this online course?

15 lessons & 18 downloads

Experimental Calligraphy
9 minutes, 2 seconds
Calligraphy through Time
9 minutes, 43 seconds
A Switch in Function
8 minutes, 2 seconds
From Lines to Glyphs
14 minutes, 31 seconds
Historic Scripts
19 minutes, 16 seconds
  • 100% positive reviews (22)
  • 708 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 37m)
  • 18 additional resources (8 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

What is this course's project?

Fill a sketchbook with calligraphy exercises, exploring different tools and techniques to build a habit of practice.

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in expressing their creativity through creative calligraphy.

Requirements and materials

Basic calligraphy experience is required.

In terms of materials, you will need:
paper
Indian ink
gouache
acrylic paint
brush markers
a broad nib pen, and a few other materials specified by the teacher in the course.


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708 Students
22 Reviews
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João Varela

A course by João Varela

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Lettering Artist and Type Designer

João Varela is a lettering artist and type designer based in Lisbon, Portugal. His passion for letters started in his teenage years with graffiti, and he’s since dedicated himself to creating expressive lettering in different mediums and styles. João went on to study graphic design at ESAD in Caldas de Rainha, and a master’s degree in type design at Écal, but also considers himself to be largely self-taught.

He is known for his experimental approach to calligraphy that challenges the traditional methods. As well as collaborating with clients and studios, João is committed to his personal projects, including a self-published book on his creative process. He also documents his work via Instagram.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Creative Calligraphy: Let’s Get Started!

    • Experimental Calligraphy
    • Calligraphy through Time
    • A Switch in Function
    • From Lines to Glyphs
    • Historic Scripts
  • U3

    Expression and Tools

    • Expression with a Single Stroke
    • Breaking Down a Character
    • Expressive Words
    • Tools Make Shapes
    • Scaling Up
    • Playing with Ink
  • U4

    Bringing It All Together

    • Preparing the Sketchbook
    • Joining Everything Together
  • FP

    Final project

    • Creative Calligraphy: Find Your Style with a Sketchbook

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and with an easy-to-follow method. You set your own pace.

  • Learn from the best professionals

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert teachers

    Each expert teaches what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

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  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

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    The community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about exploring and expressing their creativity.

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Creative Calligraphy: Find Your Style with a Sketchbook. Calligraphy, and Typography course by João Varela

Creative Calligraphy: Find Your Style with a Sketchbook

A course by João Varela
Lettering Artist and Type Designer. Lisbon, Portugal.
Joined September 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (22)
  • 708 students