POST 11 // BRUSH LETTERING
How to draw a calligraphy banner
SKETCHY & FUNCTIONAL
by Polly Mellor
The humble calligraphy banner is a must when it comes to lettering, being such a versatile decorative element. The banner can be used to add a bit of contrast in hand-lettered wall art, to break up the layout or to help not ‘over-do’ your lettering. The decorative banner is also perfect for any planners and journals and can be used within titles or as decorative elements - allowing a release of creativity into your planning, which can potentially be sometimes seem as an arduous task. A simple banner can go a long way to (as the Spice Girls would say) ‘spice up your planner’. All you need to draw this decorative is your brush pen, so let’s crack on with it!
Roughly find a central point of were you want to draw your banner. For example; as a title at the top of the page of your planner. Start by drawing two thick downstrokes vertically down from top to bottom. Make sure to keep these lines nice and thick as these will become the foundations of your banner.
Now, time to fill in the rest of the focal box shape that your lettering will sit in. Draw two lines horizontally across above and below to create a box shape. I myself find it easiest to draw from left to right, but, whatever floats your boat.
Now it’s time for the underneath that will become the shaded shadow section. This can be done two different ways. The first is a curved underneath that curves round from the bottom corners round to around a third in from the corner into a straight line. The second version has the same idea, yet instead of a curve, takes a more triangular shape, with the line coming in straight from the corner to a third across.
Next, we need to shade in this section to give the effect of a shadow. To do this, simply draw some diagonal lines across the inside. You can also entirely fill in with colour to give a dense block shadow, but this hatching effect is my favourite.
Now you can add any extra details you fancy: filling in, hatching or even outlines!