I received this book as a birthday gift last week from my dear sister, who is a genius of hand lettering.
Hand lettering skills are one of those things that require years of practice, especially in today’s world where people have a tendency to interact more with keyboards than writing instruments.
It’s never too late to start practicing your skills, especially if you work in Corporate America like me: conference calls are a goldmine of opportunities. You can find me in my cubicle wearing a headset and documenting conference call catchphrases in realtime, like “circling the wagons, drinking from the firehose, chopping up the elephants in the room” and more.
McDevitt’s Ledger offers a wide range of techniques and practice pages. Her exercises are beginner-friendly, unlike some of the other handlettering books that I have on my shelf.
Here’s “the bottom line” (said in conference-call voice): if you already have a semi-established practice of drawing letters, you’ll find value in this book. If you have a degree from SCAD or RISD, you probably won’t see the value, because you already know all the stuff in this book.