Elegant Monogram Lettering: From Hand-Drawn Sketch to Digital Styling

Kelly Thorn, Letterer & Illustrator

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7 Videos (46m)
    • Introduction & Project

    • Inspiration, Resources & Materials

    • Sketching Your Concept

    • Drawing Digitally

    • Collaging in Photoshop

    • Collaging in Photoshop II

    • Wrapping Up


About This Class

Join lettering artist Kelly Thorn to design a monogram marrying the tactile, imperfect look of handiwork with the polish and refinement of a digital illustration!

Perfect for graphic designers, lettering artists, and type enthusiasts, this 45-minute class shares how to seamlessly combine hand-done elements with vector drawings.

From researching and sketching, to painting by hand, to refining her work in Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, Kelly shares her own full process so that you can design a beautiful acronym or monogram word of your own.

Note: For this class, students should have a basic understanding of both Illustrator and Photoshop — and be interested in developing their by-hand skills!




Image courtesy of Kelly Thorn

86 of 88 students recommendSee All

Very nice tips on integrating vector and painting into a beautiful elegant final piece. Loved her style!
Mel Cerri

Designer, São Paulo, Brasil

Very informative!
This class is amazing. I learned some great Photoshop and Illustrator tricks, and ended up with an image that I'm really proud of. Definitely taking more classes with Kelly, if available.
Amanda Fuson

Designer, Illustrator, Letterer





Kelly Thorn

Letterer & Illustrator

Kelly specializes in design, illustrative lettering, and killing plants (though she loves to draw them). She's currently living in Brooklyn and working full-time as her own boss-lady.

From June 2012–June 2015, Kelly worked as Senior Designer at Louise Fili Ltd. She's a 2012 graduate from Tyler School of Art, where she majored in Graphic and Interactive Design.