Calligraphy and Rock’n’Roll

A course by Ivan Castro
Designer and calligrapher. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined February 2014
, Designer and calligrapher

Make a logo for that band you hate with a clear brush stroke

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (205)
  • 2782 students

Make a logo for that band you hate with a clear brush stroke

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (205)
  • 2782 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 Lessons (2h 1m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever

In this course you will learn techniques of calligraphy with a brush by Ivan Castro. You will make the logo of a group that is not necessarily your favorite, exploring the possibilities and the expressivity of the calligraphic brush to adapt it to the aesthetic language of the musician you choose for your project.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction, history and materials
  • U2
    U2. Development of the formal basic alphabet
  • U3
    U3. Variations
  • U4
    U4. Development of the logo
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Brush lettering is a technique that allows you to approach calligraphy in a comfortable and satisfactory way, and you can get apparent results from the first moment. However, the idea of the course is not to do something that "looks nice", but it will have a great influence on the technique and the formal structure of the lyrics. Once this formal basis is assimilated, we will proceed to make more personal and experimental variations of it in order to work on the final project.
The course will be accompanied by different references, resources and materials that will help you create your logo, through a simple and effective learning system.

What is this course's project?

Make a logo of a music group that we do not like too much by calligraphy with a brush.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

The course is aimed at people interested in calligraphy as a method of expression and applied to graphic design.

What you need

It is not necessary to have previous experience in calligraphy. Basic knowledge of typography and digital retouching are appreciated.

Basic materials: Pentel Aquash rechargeable brush, ink for fountain pen, paper. Photoshop, Illustrator, scanner.


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Ivan Castro

A course by Ivan Castro

Designer and calligrapher

Ivan Castro is a graphic designer specialized in calligraphy, lettering and typography. He has been described by Yorokobu as "the musician of the types" because, as he says, "calligraphy or lettering are like music, not only do you have to play the notes well, you also have to take care of the rhythm and silences. "

Some of its most prominent clients are Oysho, Iconographic Magazine, Korero Press, LaTejedora, Lee Productions, Little Victor, Mercabarna, Paper Planes ... and many more. Oh! Ivan also declares himself passionate about tropical cocktails.


  • U1

    Introduction, history and materials

    • Introduction
    • Historic context
    • Description of materials
  • U2

    Development of the formal basic alphabet

    • Basic strokes and first exercises
    • First letters. Families of the ny the a
    • More families of letters, round and diagonal
    • Linked writing and alternative forms
    • Capital letters
  • U3


    • Variations
    • Alternative Materials
    • Exploration of Expressiveness
  • U4

    Development of the logo

    • Project Statement
    • First Proposals
    • Development of the Final Logo
    • Digitization and cleaning of the logo
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Calligraphy and Rock'n'Roll

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Calligraphy and Rock’n’Roll. A Calligraphy, and Typography course by Ivan Castro

Calligraphy and Rock’n’Roll

A course by Ivan Castro
Designer and calligrapher. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined February 2014
  • 100% Positive reviews (205)
  • 2782 students