HOW TO DRAW BUBBLE LETTERS

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Bubble letters are a fun, easy, and expressive way of drawing letters.

In this step by step tutorial, you are going to learn everything you need to know about drawing bubble letters.

Let’s have a quick overview of what are we going to cover in this tutorial –

  • What are bubble letters
  • The basic construction of bubble letters
  • The whole alphabet (video)
  • Bringing bubble letters to life with shadows and highlights
  • A few extra tips
  • Final words

 

Without any further ado, let’s get started!

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What are bubble letters?

Probably most of you are already familiar with this style of lettering, and if you are, feel free to skip this part.

For those who don’t know what bubble letters are, it’s basically a lettering style where the letters look puffy and bloated kinda like bubbles – hence the name.

Bubble letters are easy to learn and fun to do, but at the same time without knowing some of the basics, it’s easy to get lost in the process.

Bubble letters are also quite popular in graffiti, but in this tutorial, we are going to focus only on how to create bubble letters on paper.

The basic construction of bubble letters

There are different ways of constructing your bubble letters, and in this tutorial, I’m going to show you the most basic method of doing it.

Let’s start off with an example of the letter A.

We always sketching with a pencil, this way we can make corrections if needed.

To demonstrate this process, I’m using a Staedtler mechanical pencil and a Sakura pigma micron fineliner

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From this point, we thicken the letter by adding an outline.

Keep in mind that the outline should have the same thickness from both sides.

Here you can determine how thick you want your letters to be.

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The key idea behind bubble letters is to have rounded (external) edges instead of sharp ones – like with block letters.

Once we added the thicker outline around the letter, we can erase the first shape that we made at the beginning.

And here we have our completed bubble letter A –

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Note – that I mentioned that we don’t have any sharp outside edges, but having them inside helps to achieve that puffy/bloated look that we are after.

In the example below, you can see the difference between having sharp internal edges (left) and the one with all rounded edges (right). 

I’m not saying that the one on the right is wrong, I just personally like the look of the left one more – This is totally up to you. 

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Now that we saw the basic construction of bubble letters with the letter A, we can apply that same idea to the other letters of the alphabet.

Here is how to draw the whole alphabet with the bubble letter style

Bringing bubble letters to life with shades & highlights

Ok so, now that we know the basic construction of bubble letters it’s time to add them some details to make them pop even more!

The best way to do this is by adding shadows and highlights.

I’m going to show you the basics of shading and highlights because we already have a more in-depth step by step tutorial that will teach you not one but five different methods of shading your lettering & calligraphy.

You can check the shadowing tutorial here.

How To Shade Your Lettering (5 AWESOME Ways - 2018)

Let’s start with shading –

I see many beginners struggling with adding shadows properly, and it can be tricky if you are just getting started.

Once you understand the underlying principle, the process is quite simple and straight forward.

The position of the shadows depends solely on the direction of the light.

Let’s make this easier to understand using our letter A as an example –

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So in this example, we can see that the light source comes from the top right side.

This means that the shadows will appear on every bottom and left side – basically the opposite side of the light source.

Here is an example –

How to draw bubble letters - step by step tutorial - Lettering Daily

Easy right?

What if the light source comes from the opposite side?

Simple,

we just add the shadows on the opposite side of the light source!

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Now we just need to color the letter and add a nice outline to it.

Like this –

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In case you are struggling with outlining your letters smoothly, fear not!

We recently posted another article where we shared a couple of tips on how to improve your outlining and inking skills.

You can check it out here.

Now, let’s add some highlights to our bubble letters

Now that we added the shades, it’s time to add some highlight to make them really pop!

First of all, let’s understand what the highlights are.

Highlights are areas in an object that is closest to the light source, where the light is reflecting.

The easiest way to know where to add highlights, in this case, is basically the opposite side of the shadows.

Let’s take a quick example of our letter A with the previously drawn shadows.

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We are not going to put the highlight all the way to the edge of the letter, we are going to leave a bit of space which will make the letter look more round shaped.

Here is an example –

How to draw bubble letters - step by step tutorial - Lettering Daily

Keep in mind your color selection!

When working with colors, contrast is super duper important.

Since highlights are basically a reflection of the light, the best way for them to stand out is by using a brighter color (doesn’t need to be always white)

Working with color is a whole other story for itself, and to explain how to use them in your lettering correctly, it would really drag out this tutorial.

Lucky for you,

We have a separate beginners guide that explains the fundamentals of colors (color theory) and how to use them effectively in your lettering – you can check it out here.

Shadow and highlights are two robust methods of enhancing your artwork (not just letters).

Depending on how much time and detail we add we can create more simple looks like we just demonstrated –

How to draw bubble letters - step by step tutorial - Lettering Daily

Or even more intricate effect like this –

realistic bubble lettering style
realistic water lettering effect

If you want to learn how to create this sort of effects, be sure to check out this other step by step tutorial on our website.

A few extra tips for drawing bubble letters

Before we wrap up this tutorial, there are a few more things that I would like to bring up to your attention.

 1. You can draw bubble letters in different styles

We mentioned above the basic construction of bubble letters, and once you feel comfortable enough with it, you can start to tweak the shapes and create your very own forms.

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2. Adding a second outline for an extra pop!

Adding a second outline around the letter and the shadows are a great way to make your bubble letters pop even more.

You can do this both in monochrome (single color) or with colors. 

Remember to pick colors that go well together!

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3. Play around with the spacing of your bubble letters

When drawing bubble letters, you can play around with the spacing of the letters in a word. 

I personally prefer to have smaller spacing between the letters and having them clashing with each other. 

If you want the letters to overlap each other, remember to add an outline – otherwise, it could hurt the readability of the word. 

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4. Adding more puff to your bubble letters

This is a super simple and easy tip that will make your letters look more ”bubbly”.

Remember that at the beginning of the tutorial, I mentioned that the internal angle should remain sharp?

Just by adding a bit more detail to these inner edges, you can make your letter look more bloated.

Check out this example –

How to draw bubble letters - step by step tutorial - Lettering Daily

Wrapping it up

That’s all for this time, gang. 

I hope this tutorial helped you in your creative journey!

Keep in mind that these are just the basics of bubble lettering, and once you are comfortable enough with the basics, you can start creating your own unique style. 

This rule basically applies to any lettering style – learning the fundamentals is essential for progress! 

Is there something we forgot to mention?

Or is there something you did not quite understand? 

Maybe you have a specific question in mind, or perhaps you want to get some constructive feedback on your artwork?

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  • Ask specific questions about lettering & calligraphy
  • Much more!

 

Thank you for joining for another tutorial, and until the next time –

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How To Draw Bubble Letters

Yield: Bubble Letters
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This is a step by step tutorial that will teach you how to create bubble letters. We are going to start with the basic letter construction and proceed by adding shades and other effects. Once you will feel comfortable enough with the basics, you will be able to start tweaking and bending shapes in different ways to create your very own unique style. Bubble Letters are fun and easy to make, and best of all it can be created with a variety of different tools (pens, markers, etc.)

Instructions

  1. The basic construction of bubble letters - write a simple letter A How to draw bubble letters - step by step tutorial - Lettering Daily
  2. Thickening the letters by adding an outline. Feel free to determine the thickness - a thicker outline will make them look more ''bubbly'' while a thinner outline will achieve the opposite look. It's important to keep a consistent thickness from both sides of the letter. Also, keep your corners rounded - it's the key to drawing bubble letters (no sharp corners). Like so - How to draw bubble letters - step by step tutorial - Lettering Daily
  3. Using the Sakura Micron fineliner, outline your letter and erase the pencil marks. Be sure to let the ink dry before you erase the pencil marks, to avoid any ink smudges. How to draw bubble letters - step by step tutorial - Lettering Daily
  4. Although the outside edges should be rounded, by making the internal edges sharp, it will give you bubble letters a more puffy look. Here is an example - How to draw bubble letters - step by step tutorial - Lettering Daily
  5. Add shadows, highlights, and other effects to achieve different looks and styles. Start from the basics, and gradually create more complex designs. How to draw bubble letters - step by step tutorial - Lettering Daily

Notes

Check out the full step by step tutorial for more details on how to apply shadows, and different effects to your bubble letters.

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21 thoughts on “HOW TO DRAW BUBBLE LETTERS”

    1. Lettering Daily

      You are right! I will update the article as soon as I can. Better and more detailed instructions, a better video and most definitely a worksheet!
      Thank you for the feedback! Hearing what my readers want to see is really helpful! Cheers 🙂

  1. I made the tutorial and I enjoyed every moment. Thanks a lot!! Greetings from Mexico, keep the good work!

    1. Lettering Daily

      Hey Patricia! At the beginning of the article, there is a video where i demonstrate how to draw the whole alphabet (along with the letter Q). Basically, it’s just like the letter O with a bar extending in the bottom right corner. Feel free to join our official Facebook group – over there I can give you some direct feedback to your work 🙂

  2. Really learned a lot from this tutorial, than you for taking the time to teach a new technique. Thank you!

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