16 Types of One Letter Challenge

April 01, 2020 5 Comments

16 Types of One Letter Challenge

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One of my favourite ways to practice new lettering styles is by doing the 16 Types of One Letter Challange. Choosing just one letter of the alphabet and drawing it in 16 completely different styles. 

But why 16?

The first 4 are easy, 5 to 7 are tricky but manageable, then after 8, I'm often out of ideas and really have to start thinking differently about where to take inspiration from. 

It's a great creative exercise to help improve your artistic lettering skills. 

Download and print off the PDF sheets and use the free Letter Builder guides to help you construct your chosen letter.


Ian & Stefan

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  1. Choose 1 letter of the alphabet
  2. Set a timer for 60 minutes
  3. Draw your chosen letter in 16 different styles
  4. Let your creativity take over and have fun!


Need Ideas?


  • Serif
  • Sans-serif
  • Slab-serif
  • Blackletter
  • Script
  • Cursive
  • Retro
  • Western



    • Animals
    • People
    • Fruit
    • Vegetables
    • Vehicles
    • Shapes
    • Plants
    • Trees
    • 3D
    • Stripes
    • Water
    • ZigZags
    • Fire
    • Rock
    • Ribbon
    • Buildings
    • Games
    • Music
    • Wood
    • Metal
    • Sports
    • Balloon
    • Bubbles
    • Tools
    • Monuments
    • Distorted
    • Drips
    • Furry
    • Maze



    My daughter's (10) sheet of 16 Types of Letter O. 



    We’d love to see what you create. Be sure to tag your creation on social media with:



    Made using LetterBuilder tools:


    5 Responses


    April 20, 2023

    Thank you very much Ian, For the freebies and for these very inspiring and interesting assignments ;-)

    Marine PSM
    Marine PSM

    July 23, 2020

    Thank you so much, Ian, for your goodies and ideas ! It’s Very generous and so usefull ! Kiss from France 😘

    Tyreece newton
    Tyreece newton

    July 23, 2020

    This helped me put my pen to paper been wanting to start hand lettering and I’ve had a hard time this free sheet gave me a place to start thank you for that


    July 23, 2020

    You are amazing, thanks for everything!

    Deborah Robertson
    Deborah Robertson

    April 17, 2020

    Thanks for sharing freebies, especially now when people get a bit of cabin fever. Also to add a twist you can look up a random letter picker online to choose a letter for you. Then you can turn it into a game guess what letter will be picked.

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