ngs - bones of painted letters


A book introducing the London New York and Milan sans-serif letter techniques to the lettering enthusiast.

‘NGS - Bones of Painted Letters’ book now available on Amazon or direct from NGS.

Book 1

Signwriting as an art, a trade and a craft goes back 2000 years. Having come back from the brink of extinction in the eighties, today the young designers and artists across the world are taking up the brush and re-kindling this fine artistic trade in ways the inspire the older generation of signmasters.

Old-school meets new-school is the mission of this book with a strong accent on innovation and application.

At one

Plainly speaking, painting a letter is a beautiful thing to do. It requires the artist to be completely in the moment and at one with the brush.It makes our world more aesthetic, functional, safe and sociable. It launches boats, products and brand ID.This manual intends to show the DNA of all the keystone principles of the craft, showing precise sharp lettering techniques that have never previously illustrated in such detail. It can be used as a diploma workbook or as a studio handbook for the new writer, featuring the macro knowledge of brushstroke skills, vintage letter shapes and pure letter design.

Backed up with a historical perspective and cornerstone modern day project application, the renowned sign masters, Noel Weber and David Smith frame the pages and join Nick in leading the way to the next generation of the craft. The first of 4 Books full of the Bones of Letters from the London Signsmiths' lettering school of NGS.


  • Paperback: 80 pages

  • Publisher: NGS Signsmith Signwriting Publications; First signed limited edition (16 June 2017)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0995784019

  • ISBN-13: 978-0995784017

  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.2 x 20.5 cm

Price includes UK wide postage


How to master lettering

From kit, to mixing paints, alphabets, spacing secrets, sharp corners and super smooth brush action it’s a cake of many layers!

Our manual has so many useful tips and techniques. It’s based on real project referencing wile it backs-up the course and has a neat note-book area in the back. Yep it’s unlike any other!

Foreward by the great Noel Weber and afterword by Gilding God himself David Adrian Smith.


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