Hand Lettering Essentials for Beginners

Mary Kate McDevitt, Lettering and Illustration

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12 Videos (1h 57m)
    • Introduction

    • Get Started

    • Tools

    • Lettering Warm Up: Part I

    • Lettering Warm Up: Part II

    • Understanding Hand-Drawn Letters

    • More Tips

    • Thumbnails

    • Sketching Part I

    • Sketching Part II

    • Refining Your Sketch

    • Final Inking


About This Class

Learn the basics of hand lettering with the popular online workshop that's inspired more than 35,000 Skillshare students! Lettering artist Mary Kate McDevitt covers everything beginners need to draw, ink, and transform handwriting into artful drawings.

In this 2-hour class, Mary Kate reveals the first steps of hand lettering and shares how to concept, design, and letter phrases for any use—a poster, magazine, t-shirt, or anything else you might imagine. Over the course of 16 bite-sized video lessons, you'll learn:

  • Researching and Brainstorming
  • Sketching for Lettering
  • Styles for Lettering
  • Inking and Finalizing

The introductory class is filled with links, resources, and project guides to support you along the way. Plus, the class student project gallery is filled with tons of guidance, examples, and tips for guiding your own lettering project.

Sharpen your pencils — it's time to create some lettering!


Be sure to explore all of Mary Kate McDevitt's lettering classes on Skillshare!



Sample Lettering Images

1,830 of 1,874 students recommendSee All

This class has you removed from depending on the computer. It will allow you to get into a good habit of doing things by hand and developing a keen eye for manual changes. This was a great class!
this was eye opening. I really learned about hand lettering with a different perspective. Loved her tips about always collecting a few related words to the phrase you are going for. Cant wait to start on my project, ill definitely be publishing it here.
Super recommended, i've learned tips that i didn't thought about it before, it was really helpful. ^^





Mary Kate McDevitt

Lettering and Illustration

Mary Kate McDevitt is a Philadelphia based illustrator and lettering artist. Since 2010 she has created hand lettering for clients including, Target, Chronicle Books, Washington Post, Smuckers', Macy's, and author to her book Hand-Lettering Ledger. Between client work and personal projects Mary Kate also teaches at her alma mater, Tyler School of Art, and is opening a new studio that will host workshops and sell and display work from local designers. On the weekend you'll find Mary Kate explo...

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