Books - Lettering Related

Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design's
Golden Age

by Steven Heller and Louise Fili
A plethora of vintage typographic goodness.

Typography Sketchbooks
by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico
An inside look at some incredible sketchbooks of notable designers.


Tools

Adobe CS6 Master Collection
I primarily use Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign from this suite.

Wacom Bamboo Tablet
I've had this tablet for about 3 years and I don't believe Wacom makes it anymore but it has definitely gotten the job done.

Micron Pen Set
These are primarily what I use for inking my lettering and illustrations. You can also buy individually sold alternate sizes.

Kneaded Eraser
A gentle eraser for delicate lettering work

Staedtler Mars Lead Holder
A great tool for getting fine point detail.

Alvin Rotary Lead Pointer
What you need to sharpen the lead in your awesome lead holder.

Xacto Knife Set
Good, sharp blades are best for accurate trimming. Scissors won't cut it... ahem.

OLFA 24 x 36 Cutting Mat
This mat sits directly on my work table so I can cut items without damaging my table or disrupting my workflow.

Metal Ruler
Any sturdy metal ruler is what you need for getting a straight edge with your xacto knife.

 


Extras

The Bezier Curve Game
Need a 5 minute break? If Bezier curves don't frustrate you this is a nice little test.

Design Seeds
If you're anything like me, color is visual candy. This site is pages upon pages of candy.

The Kerning Game
Think you know letter spacing? This game is great for practice.


Books - Illustration Related

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter
by James Gurney
Excellent information regarding the effects of color and light in a composition.

Creative Illustration
by Andrew Loomis

Straightforward instruction on the fundamentals of illustration.

Drawing the Head and the Hands
by Andrew Loomis

Expert advice on two of the most challenging portions of the human form.