It has been quite some time since TAE has featured some kickass typography. However, the artist Seb Lester caught our attention because not only does he rock at it; he also specializes in recreating famous logos using only his precise brush strokes.
The London-based designer and illustrator has been sharing plenty of these jaw-dropping revelations on his Instagram account. Basically, Seb uses calligraphy pens alone to do everything. While there is some planning and preparation involved, the skill and years of experience behind him really do speak for themselves.
Having been trained in Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins in London, Seb currently works as a designer and artist in Lewes, East Sussex. He has a home studio that is – get this – built into the banks of one of the oldest castles in England.
You may wonder what may have triggered his penchant for doing famous logos, but it already comes as no surprise once you realize that he has already done such work for some of the world’s biggest names. To name a few, he has developed typefaces and typographic illustrations for companies like NASA, Apple, Nike, Intel, The New York Times, The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and JD Salinger’s final reissue of The Catcher in the Rye.
Previously a Senior Type Designer at Monotype for nine years, he has developed custom typefaces for many very familiar brands including British Airways, Intel, Waitrose, The Daily Telegraph, H&M and Barclays.
From his list of hand-drawn logos, here are his 10 favorites:
Here are a few more:
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