I am a self taught letterer with a graphic design degree. I get influenced by a lot of European letterers. My favorite letterer is Mateusz Witczak. He is from Poland and has amazing work. I also like some Asian letterers because they like to fuse a lot of illustrations into their work which I don't see in other parts of the world.
I have been studying select handletterers that I think are professional letterers. They range from Poland to the Phillipines. The image above is an example of what type of people I study and what I aspire to do. The image below is a study I did for an idea for a handlettered calendar project.