John Stevens Letters by hand.

John Stevens writes, draws,& paints letters by hand…(occasionally digitalizing them)



Hand-lettering: a custom, thought-out approach. Drawn by hand and digitized.

Calligraphy Works

Calligraphy works on paper written with Pen & Brush.

John Stevens lecture at Type@Cooper, NYC, November 2015

Graphic Design

Calligraphy & Lettering used in graphic design.

Honorary Documents

Formal Documents & Resolutions, calligraphy & illumination by hand, made to honor or acknowledge.

If you think about it, we rely visually on images (photos, videos, or illustration) and words. Words… made of letters. A profound subject that is as taken for granted as the air we breathe. All letters started out as "hand made." Typefaces (fonts) derive their shape from Calligraphy-Lettering. I have made a whole career out of making letters by hand: including design, craft skills, creative exploration, and artistic expression. The best part? There is always more to see, more to learn. That is why I like what I do.

John Stevens Calligraphy Lettering


John Stevens is a creative and highly regarded Lettering Artist & Calligrapher.| More about John
Commissioned Quotes | Lettering | Logos & Brands | Handwriting | Illustration | Resolutions | Clients | Teaching 

Handwriting Styles

Writing as visual element– humanizing and accessible.

John Stevens lecture at Type@Cooper, NYC, November 2015

Books & Titles

Book Jackets, title treatments & lettering for editorial purposes.

Logos | Brands

Identity, custom-made to be proprietary and appealing.


Taking letters to a visual expression beyond the literal meaning of words.

Brush Styles

Samples of brush styles. The brush equals expression.

Script Styles

The running script, so many moods, attitudes; personal, or flourished or carefree.


Letters /alphabets drawn and shaped as full alphabet for setting on computer.


John has been on the teaching scene for 30 years have taught internationally: (cities throughout the US, Puerto Rico, Germany, Belgium, &  Japan). He has spent most of his time teaching at Cheerio Retreats

John Stevens lecture at Type@Cooper, NYC, November 2015

Type@Cooper Lecture

This lecture took place on November 16, 2015 at The Cooper Union as part of Type@Cooper's Herb Lubalin Lecture Series and was recorded and archived thanks to generous sponsorship by Hoefler & Co.

Scribe: Artist of the Written Word

by John Stevens 
A gallery of his works and written text by artist. 264 pp, hardcover.
To purchase Scribe please visit: John Neal Books.

Brush Demo

A video demonstration of John Stevens writing his Fraktur style of brush-writing.