Hand Lettering of Darren Booth

Posted at 4 pm on October 1, 2009 by

Posted in: Painting, Pencil Illustration, Typography, Vector Illustration

Here is an artist who combines typography with beautiful illustration techniques very well indeed. Based in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, Darren Booth has taken the time to answer a couple of questions on his hand lettering process.

What I like about Darren’s work is its use of bespoke type to create very pleasing compositions. Text is no longer the support leg to an illustration; it is the centerpiece.


What got you into your typography work?

I first got into doing typography while studying Illustration in college (Sheridan Institute, just outside of Toronto, Canada).

A few of my professors used typography in some of their illustration work and I got inspired to give it a shot and found out that I had a knack for it.



What tools do you use to create your lettering work?

Most of the time, my finished art is collage and acrylic on treated paper. I do occasionally create the finished art in vector graphics if a client requires it.


Can you describe the process behind your typography, including gathering ideas?

When I’m developing a lettering style for an assignment, it needs to have the correct feel. I have folders and sketchbooks that are crammed full of thousands of lettering styles that I’ve collected over the years, or sketched.

I dig through them and start sketching the words or phrases that I’m working on at that moment and then further develop the sketches that feel the best. I often use a mind-map approach to develop ideas as well.

Basically, you start with a keyword and then jot down any words/ideas that come to mind when thinking of that keyword. Those words/ideas then spawn more words/ideas. It’s a great way to generate ideas from scratch.


© Darren Booth, 2009

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m currently working on some lettering for a Dutch magazine and a book cover. Nothing overly exciting at the moment, but it pays the bills!

Very inspiring, Darren, many thanks!

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