My name is Mary Kate McDevitt and I'm proud to welcome you to my skillshare class where we will cover the first steps of lettering.
If you find letters beautiful and want to turn your handwriting into artful drawings, this is the class for you. This class will cover the fundamentals of hand-lettering. This class is geared towards beginners but even if you're already a skilled letterer, you will learn new tips on what to avoid when lettering, how to create a more conceptual hand-lettered illustration and how to make a clean final drawing ready to scan.
In this class we'll work with different types of applications for lettering that involve your favorite quote, title or phrase. It could be for a poster, magazine article, book, greeting card, sign, label or t-shirt. The focus will be on appropriating your idea to a beautiful hand-lettered final drawing.
I believe the first steps of lettering to be the most important and find that it is often rushed through. With a new routine on creating a well thought-out concept and layout and a clean sketch you will find yourself making faster and smarter decisions when it comes to lettering.
This class will be broken down into 4 units:
1. Researching and Brainstorming. You'll learn how to research and brainstorm ideas for your hand-lettered phrase as well as different possible applications.
2. Sketching. You'll learn how to sketch out concepts that fit your idea.
3. Exploring Styles. You'll learn how to make a clear concept as well as how to explore style appropriate to the application, while keeping your style.
4. Finalizing. You'll learn how to finalize a drawing that is ready to scan.
Plus, I will be picking my favorite 3 projects from the Skillshare class to be screenprinted in an edition of 10 by Man vs Ink!
Looking for more Lettering classes? Check out Sean McCabe's Digitzing Hand-Lettering: From Sketch to Vector (Lettering II) or my The Final Steps of Hand-Lettering (Lettering III).
My name is Mary Kate McDevitt and I've been working as a full time freelance letterer since 2010 and have worked for clients including Nintendo, Sesame Street, Nike, O Magazine, Chronicle Books and CMYK Magazine and more. I work on a variety of projects; everything from editorial illustrations, headlines for advertising, book covers, journals, posters, wine labels, and products.
I live and work in Brooklyn, NY with my boyfriend, the screen printer, Fred DiMeglio and my fluffy cat Peppy Mew Mew.
For more information and to view my entire portfolio visit marykatemcdevitt.com
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