Friend, if you’re reading this post, I’m guessing you’ve made the decision to work on your brush lettering! This month, we’ve been doing an in-depth study of each letter of the alphabet, and today we’re focusing on the Brush Script M. If you’re new to brush lettering, you’ll want to stop by this introduction post first and get a feel for how to use the pens and do some basic brush strokes. Otherwise, let’s take a look at that M!
Ready to dive into the letter M? The great news is that once you get the hang of it, our next letter, N, will be a piece of cake!
Drawing a Capital Brush Script M
To create a basic capital M, you’ll want to start with a simple, straight downstroke. Next, you’ll form an overturn. Finally, you’ll draw one more overturn, this time curving up and to the right at the end. Put these three shapes together, and you have the letter “M.”
A simple style variation that some lettering artists use is adding a downward loop before moving from the downstroke into the first upturn. This is the same as the shape we make to write the letter “J.” Once this is drawn, you add the two overturns, and your “M” is ready to go.
For those of you who might prefer a slightly more print-style letter, here’s another variation. This time, you’ll start with an upstroke, then come straight down to form the left side of the M. Another upstroke followed by a downstroke that curls up and to the right at the end finishes off the shape. This version of the “M” is more pointed than the gently curving one we learned first. Neither “M” is right or wrong, you can choose whichever one you think looks best with the rest of your word/design.
Drawing a Lowercase Brush Script M
If you’re able to create the basic uppercase M, the lowercase letter is exactly the same, just half as tall. It’s made from the same series of shapes and connects in the same way.
One of the stylistic things more experienced artists love to play around with is bounce. This means that certain parts of our letters will be higher/lower than others, and some letters will no longer sit right on the baseline. This adds visual variety to your lettering. Here’s how it works. The first example shows a typical “m.” The second shows what happens when you allow the first overturn to be taller and higher than the second. The final “m” shows the opposite; when the second overturn is the highest one.
The lowercase “m” can be embellished by adding a small loop to the bottom of the letter, right after the last downstroke.
Here are three free printable sheets to help you practice your Brush Script M. The first sheet covers two capital variations and the lowercase m, while the second focuses on making your letter “bounce.” The third sheet will help you connect the “m” with the other letters you’ve learned so far.
PS. Don’t miss the rest of the series!
As you practice, I’d love to see your progress. Share your photos in our Amy Latta & Friends Facebook group or on Instagram. Don’t forget, if you like this post, then you oughta put a pin on it!