HOW TO DRAW BUBBLE LETTERS
Bubble letters are a fun, easy, and expressive way to draw letters, and this tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about drawing them, including how to build bubble letters from the ground up as well as how to add shadows and highlights to them.
What are bubble letters?
Bubble letters are a lettering style in which the letters appear puffy and bloated, similar to bubbles, hence the name; in this tutorial, we’ll only cover how to make bubble letters on paper; it’s simple to learn but easy to get lost in if you don’t know the basics.
The basic construction of bubble letters
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make bubble letters, which have rounded (external) edges rather than sharp ones like block letters. Here’s how to draw the entire alphabet in bubble letter style.
Bringing bubble letters to life with shades & highlights
Now that we’ve learned how to make bubble letters pop, it’s time to add some extra details to them! The best way to do this is to add shadows and highlights. For a more in-depth tutorial, check out these five different methods of shading your lettering.
Let’s start with shading –
Many beginners struggle with properly adding shadows, and it can be challenging if you are just getting started. The position of the shadows is solely determined by the direction of the light u2013 in this case, the light source is coming from the top right side.
Now, let’s add some highlights to our bubble letters
Highlights are areas in an object that are closest to the light source and reflect the light; because highlights are a reflection of the light, the best way to make them stand out is to use a brighter color (which does not have to be white).
2. Adding a second outline for an extra pop!
Shadow shadows are a great way to make your bubble letters pop even more, and they can be done in monochrome (single color) or with colors (just make sure the colors go well together!).
3. Play around with the spacing of your bubble letters
You can play around with the spacing of the letters when drawing bubble letters; I personally prefer smaller spacing between the letters and having them clash with each other; if you want the letters to overlap each other, remember to add an outline; otherwise, the readability may suffer.
4. Adding more puff to your bubble letters
If you’re a budding letter writer, you can make your letters look more “bubbly” by adding a little more detail to the inner edges. This is a super simple and easy tip that you can use to make them look more bloated or even more “spoiled.”
Wrapping it up
I hope this tutorial was helpful to you on your creative journey! These are just the fundamentals of bubble lettering, and once you’re comfortable with them, you can start developing your own unique style. This rule applies to any lettering style: learning the fundamentals is crucial for progress.
What do you mean by block letters?
Block letters are a sans-serif (or “gothic”) style of writing Latin script in which the letters are individual glyphs with no joining (also known as printscript, manuscript, print writing, or ball and stick in academia).