Brush Script is the most popular style of hand lettering, and is really an art form as you learn to control the pressure on your pen to create a mixture of thick and thin strokes within each letter. This month, we’re taking an in depth look at each letter of the alphabet; how to form it and how to connect it with other letters. Today, our focus is on the Brush Script J.
If you are new to the technique of brush lettering, you’ll want to start at the beginning with the letter A and some basic brush stroke practice. If you’ve been working through the alphabet with us, it’s time to put some very familiar strokes to work to form our capital and lowercase J.
DRAWING A CAPITAL BRUSH SCRIPT J
Remember the downstroke with a loop at the bottom that we used to form the letter “g”? To form the capital “J,” we’re going to make that same exact stroke. That’s all there is to it!
If you like, you can add a horizontal stroke across the top for a slightly different variation.
DRAWING A LOWERCASE BRUSH SCRIPT J
To form the lowercase “j,” we’ll start with an upstroke, then form the same shape we used for a capital “J.” All that’s left to do is add a dot on top.
Since the lowercase “j” has a descender (a line that extends down below the baseline), we can embellish it just like we did with the lowercase “g.” Here are a few examples of flourishes you can try. Feel free to play around with your own ideas too!
Here are three practice sheets to help you master the Brush Script J. The first focuses on the capital and lowercase “j,” the second is all about flourishes, and the third will help you connect this letter with the others we’ve learned so far. To use these practice pages, click below and download the files, then print them out or upload them to your favorite digital lettering software.
PS. Don’t miss the rest of the series! Check back each day throughout the month of June for new letters and practice pages, and be sure to download the sheets for A-I.
As you practice, I’d love to see your progress. Share your photos in our Amy Latta & Friends Facebook group or on Instagram.