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

Kelly Thorn, Letterer & Illustrator

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8 Lessons (46m)
    • 1. Introduction & Project

      2:46
    • 2. Inspiration, Resources & Materials

      6:42
    • 3. Sketching Your Concept

      9:09
    • 4. Drawing Digitally

      6:18
    • 5. Collaging in Photoshop

      11:33
    • 6. Collaging in Photoshop II

      8:08
    • 7. Wrapping Up

      1:15
    • 8. Explore Design on Skillshare

      0:37

Project Description

Design an acronym or monogram.

ASSIGNMENT

Your assignment is to create an acronym or a monogram word that combines a hand-done technique with a vector drawing—you can choose your name, your favorite word, a friend’s initials, “OMG”, or “LYLAS”... it’s your choice! Follow the steps below:

  • Step 1: Sketch your monogram/acronym
  • Step 2: Vectorize your sketch
  • Step 3: Paint/draw/embroider your embellishments
  • Step 4: Combine your handiwork with your vector form
  • Step 5: Create your output!

DELIVERABLE

Upload your final word-piece to the project gallery. Please include a photo of the following steps in your process:

  • Sketch of your monogram/acronym
  • Painting/drawing of your embellishments
  • Final piece

As a bonus, create a GIF of the stages of your piece! (This is how you make a GIF of your work)

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Image courtesy of Kelly Thorn

RESOURCES

Inspiration

Monogram and letterform inspiration in this PDF (also attached!)

Books

Materials

Check out the following Skillshare classes for more lettering goodness:

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