Friends, we’re almost to the end of our alphabet series! We’ve looked at how to form 24 of the letters using brush technique, which is a real accomplishment. I hope you’ve been finding this in-depth look at each letter to be helpful as you continue your hand lettering journey. Today, we get to turn our attention to the Brush Script Y.
If you’re just coming across this post and are unfamiliar with the brush technique, you’ll want to hop to the first post in the series and all of this will make a lot more sense! Otherwise, we are getting so close to the finish line…let’s learn to master this next-to-last letter!
Drawing a Capital Brush Script Y
To draw a “Y,” the left side begins with a quick upstroke, then you’ll create an underturn. This is exactly the same way we started our “U” and “W.” The right side is a downstroke with a large loop, just like our “j.” When we put them together, we end up with a “Y.” Try forming the shapes separately first, then put them together without lifting your pen.
Drawing a Lowercase Brush Script Y
Forming the lowercase “y” is just like drawing the capital version, only smaller.
Like the lowercase j and g, our y has a descender…a line that extends below the baseline. This allows us to have some extra fun with flourishes. We can use all of the ones we practiced on our other descender letters, plus you can feel free to play around and experiment with your own flourishing ideas!
Here are a few practice sheets to help you with the letter y. To use them, just click the link below and download the files to your device. Then, print them out or upload them to your favorite digital lettering app. Feel free to use them as often as you like for your own personal practice.
PS. Don’t miss the rest of the series!
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