O, can you believe we’re already 15 letters into the alphabet? If you’ve been following along with our series on the Brush Script Alphabet, today it’s time to focus on the Brush Script O. If you’re brand new to brush lettering, you’ll be well served to take a peek at some basic technique and brush strokes so that all this makes sense.
Drawing a Capital Brush Script O
By now, we’re familiar with the basic oval shape that is the base of the letter “O.” How we close and finish off that oval is what gives us different styles and variations. The simplest of these is to just create a closed oval, but that’s not very exciting or very script-like. Instead, the variation I use most often is pictured below; rather than bringing my upstroke back to join the point where I started, I extend it up farther, then curve it down and back through the letter.
Another option that has a style all its own is to use that upstroke to create a small spiral at the top of the letter as shown in the example below. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to variations like this; it’s all about what look you personally like best as an artist.
Drawing a Lowercase Brush Script O
The lowercase “o” is similar to its capital counterpart, but it’s shorter and sometimes a bit more round. I also find that I tend to finish my letter by extending it out to the upper right, because that’s where it often needs to connect to other letters.
If you don’t typically write your “o” with a big loop, this kind of shape works too. It’s totally up to you which version best reflects your style and blends with the rest of your script.
Here are two printable practice pages to help you perfect your capital and lowercase “O.” The first page focuses on the shapes themselves, while the second will help you connect the lowercase “o” with the other letters we’ve worked on so far. Remember, lettering is different than cursive, so it’s okay to pick up your pen in between letters. To use these sheets, just download them to your device, then print them or upload them to your favorite digital lettering app. You are more than welcome to use them as often as you like for your own personal practice.
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