GIFs Reveal the Visually Satisfying Process of a Hand-Lettering Expert

Despite the evolution of typography, with the advent of technology and various software, UK-based graphic designer Seb Lester proves that the art of hand-lettering is not dead. The artist's experience and skill with simple tools like calligraphy pens and paper leave digital renderings unnecessary. All he needs to rely on are his steady hands and a healthy supply of ink.

The gifted calligrapher shares his impressive talent on Instagram, documenting his process through video. Each post notes his admirable precision and hypnotic flare. There's something undeniably soothing about the way Lester is able to execute each typographical masterpiece with great ease. There are no missteps, no erasing, no redos. Each hand-lettered message is a smooth transaction that can make you lose track of time, watching it over and over again.

Lester even recreates the iconic lettering of popular brands, TV shows, and movies, by hand.

The calligrapher also has a good sense of humor when it comes to his “normal handwriting.”

Seb Lester: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Tumblr


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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