The ABCs of Hand Lettering by Abbey Sy | Review + Book Launch Recap

the abcs of hand lettering by abbey sy

The ABCs of Hand Lettering by Abbey Sy


The ABCs of Hand Lettering is a comprehensive guidebook for beginners in hand lettering. Inside you’ll find a repository of styles you can explore with drawing letters. Learn the basics – from the rundown of art materials, font styles, and the process of turning letters into visual art. Get to see the work of some of your favorite local letterers, calligraphers and type artists. And lastly, check out tips on finding your own style and making your mark as a creative individual in the book.

I’ve been a fan of Abbey Sy’s hand lettering work for a few years now (as well as her amazing blog, Artistic Dreams) and even attended one of her workshops over the summer, so I was definitely psyched to hear that she was releasing a book! I’ve always been a lover of artsy things, being a design and typography enthusiast, but it didn’t come naturally to me (by that I mean I can’t draw to save my life), as it did for real creative people like Abbey. I wanted to learn hand lettering from an expert and her book was my best bet.

To those who’ve attended the Learn By ABC, The ABCs of Hand Lettering is reminiscent of the workshop guidebook, except more inclusive. In five chapters, Abbey discusses how to get started, illustrates various font styles, details the process of hand lettering, showcases a handful of inspiring artists, and talks about getting your work out there. All this is shared in a way that isn’t an overload of information- you won’t find any long paragraphs here. Instead, the guidebook is precise and straightforward but covers what is essential to learning hand lettering, like knowing the difference between typography, lettering and calligraphy, what materials to use, how to draft and layout and much more.

Aside from being illuminating about the art of hand lettering, the pages of the book are visually-enticing, gorgeous and oh so colourful. If you like to stare at gorgeous lettering art, you’ll be staring at this book all day. The illustrations are so fabulous. More importantly, they’re completely inspiring. Just looking at them makes you want to get a brush pen of your own and try your hand at lettering. With all the tips and advice Abbey shares on this book, you’re well on your way.

Abbey Sy’s first book is a huge success, not to mention a very helpful and encouraging guide. If you’re an aspiring letterer, do pick up The ABCs of Hand Lettering. It will surely help kick-start your hand lettering journey and inspire you to always be creating.

The ABCs of Hand Lettering is now available in bookstores, newsstands, convenience stores, and supermarkets nationwide for P295.

Book Launch @ National Book Store (06/20/2015)

abcs of hand lettering book launch

Since I wanted to support Abbey’s first book, I attended the launch event for The ABCs of Hand Lettering. It was so nice to see that the event was well packed! The launch began with a free workshop conducted by Abbey and a lot of people came to learn about hand lettering.

The signing began afterwards. While Abbey was meeting her fans and I was waiting for my turn, I got to say hi to several of the featured artists who were at the event. They even hand lettered my name on the pages of the book! So awesome.

hand lettering artists tippy go carl chua

Carl Chua & Tipsy Go (Googley Gooeys)

abbey sy with featured artists at book launch

Abbey Sy with featured artists!

abbey sy book launch

The launch was star-studded with awesome artistic people! Top fashion blogger and author of 150 Style Essentials For Every Girl, Tricia Gosingtian, even dropped by the event to show support for The ABCs of Hand Lettering. (I got to say hi and take a picture with her too, yay!) Finally, the lady of the hour signed my book and we took a photo together:

with abbey sy abcs of hand lettering book launch

It was a really fun book launch and I’m so glad I attended! Huge congratulations to Team ABC for delivering a great event and of course to Abbey for creating an awesome hand lettering guidebook!

21 Responses

  1. That book looks really cool; I do calligraphy sometimes and I think that book would give me new ideas. ;)

  2. Oh man, Hazel, I’m so excited I found this post because I REALLY want to get into hand lettering! It’s on my bucket list for this summer. I love looking at the way the fonts mix together, and how the words are arranged, and that’s an art form I really, really would love to learn.

    It seems like the launch was super successful! It’s fantastic that so many of the artists featured in the book were able to come, and that the top fashion blogger came too (omg she is SO PRETTY!). I love how the artists signed various pages in your book, how awesome is that?!

    I’m definitely going to look into getting a copy of this book. It seems like it’s not overwhelming at all, which, for a newbie looking to get into the art, is really important! Plus maybe buying a physical book will motivate me to more stubborn about my practice. ;)

    Lovely, lovely post, Hazel! I have to admit, I’m a little jealous you got to meet all these cool hand letterers, haha. I look forward to buying the book (whenever my paycheck comes in, of course…),

    1. That’s so great to hear, Aneeqah! I’m hoping to learn too! :D The launch was great and it was so nice to meet all these awesome people! I’m not sure the book is available internationally since it’s published locally but I hope you’re able to get a copy somehow! Thank you so much for checking out the post and leaving such a thoughtful comment. <3

  3. Aw I badly wanted to attend one of her workshops last summer! I hope there’s another one in the future because I LOVE typography – if only it would love me back lol. Can’t wait to get a copy of her book in my hands <3

    1. I’m pretty sure there’ll be more workshops since Learn by ABC is doing so well! I know what you mean about wishing typography loved you back- that’s how I feel about hand lettering/drawing. ;)

  4. Finally got myself a copy too! I’m a fan of her and her work too so I’ve been eyeing so many similar books in the past, but they were all too expensive! So far, I’ve found this really helpful and like what you said, really inspiring! :)

  5. I have an intense appreciation for gorgeous hand lettering and there was someone in my math class this year that does it really well, which made me want to try it. I think I shall look into this book because I think hand lettering can be a bit intimidating at first, but this book looks very helpful. That is also a gorgeous cover that I can not resist.

  6. I’m already asking my mom to grab me a copy of this book! I love Abbey’s lettering, and would love to learn from her — and this book will be the best way I can do so considering I’m so far away ;)

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