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johnRwilliams
07-20-2015, 10:37 PM
Hey guys, I'm learning how to letter and I found these activities here on Digital Webbing, thank you by the way for that! This is my first attempt at it, I was wondering if I could get some critique on it; as well as some tips or resources that will help learn how to letter in a professional manner.

Thanks,
J.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CKZsTyIVAAALqy3.jpg:large

bramjm
07-21-2015, 12:31 AM
A few basics to start:

1. Tails should lead from the middle of the balloon to the speaking character's mouth (or where it is off-panel) — things like panel 3, it should still point to her mouth;

2. Aim to have your letters fit in a diamond shape within the balloon; they should be centered vertically and horizontally within the balloon;

3. Change in type size means something — a character is speaking quietly, usually — don't just change the size for no reason;

4. Watch the details, make sure there's a space where it should be and the apostrophes are correct.

In the larger sense, as a letterer, it's your job to be invisible and to keep the reader in the story by not making them ever question who's speaking or what order to read in. You should be able to remove the tails and still follow who's speaking; you should be able to remove the tails and art and read the text in the proper order. Look at panels 1–4 and think about how clear it is who's speaking and in what order.

Richard Starkings literally wrote the book on digital lettering, Comic Book Lettering: The Comicraft Way. His http://www.balloontales.com/ and Nate Piekos' http://blambot.com/'s Articles section have excellent lessons.

johnRwilliams
07-22-2015, 04:48 PM
Awesome, thanks so much for the information!! Much appreciated