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Gloriously Detailed Hand Lettering with Pen and Pencil

Thursday 09.13.2012 , Posted by
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With the hand of a classic sign artist and the detail of a watchmaker, Stockholm based artist Martin Schmetzer makes hand drawn lettering with an addictive quality. His works are created using just his hand, a pencil or a pen and a lot of practiced skill. Many of his works look like they’ve sprung out of the victorian age, perhaps off labels advertising a locally brewed beer… or perhaps some snake oil.

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Schmetzer’s steady hand creates vintage typography with carefully planned flourishes, 3D elements and linear shading which add up to literal gems of drawings. There small scale only makes them more attractive, giving the viewer something to carefully inspect and wonder at the stages of their creation. We think it’s high time for a time-lapse video of their creation! For more of these detailed works or to see his digital and large scale pieces, head to Behance.

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Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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