Hand-lettering is sorta my jam so I really appreciate people like Sean Wes, who makes incredibly natural, elaborate and gorgeous illustrative type. What is a shame, is that when the process is done right, a pain-stakingly intricate process comes across as a sinch, especially since people assume it’s just some sketch since it’s hand drawn. So, I really appreciate him breaking it down for us wannabes here.
You might know letterpress printing as an obsolete art form, a luxury wedding invite method, or as a huge piece of machinery rich with history and squeaky gears. I’m no expert on the matter but I’m a believer of the latter (as well as the wedding invite one, a bit). I want to explain how it works for all of you who give me a blank stare every time I bring it up.
Letterpresses come in many forms and shapes but this specifically is a Chandler & Price named Leora who lives in Paper Boat Studios under the care of Amy Thompson. See all of the moving parts and pieces here (image courtesy of garloo.com). Watch this unnecessarily long video of me in action to get a sense: