Hand Lettering Essentials for Beginners

Mary Kate McDevitt, Letterer

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12 Videos (1h 57m)
    • Introduction

      1:42
    • Get Started

      8:58
    • Tools

      9:46
    • Lettering Warm Up: Part I

      3:13
    • Lettering Warm Up: Part II

      14:01
    • Understanding Hand-Drawn Letters

      12:29
    • More Tips

      0:45
    • Thumbnails

      8:22
    • Sketching Part I

      3:09
    • Sketching Part II

      23:35
    • Refining Your Sketch

      3:35
    • Final Inking

      27:04

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!

  

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Sample Lettering Images

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What a wonderful class! I will be going back to watch it for the second time and do the project. Mary Kate, thank you for showing us your thorough and thoughtful process and tips. So helpful!
Mary-Kate has such a wonderful and inspirational style. For a professional artist looking for new techniques and avenues for expressing/advertising myself her classes have been incredibly helpful!
great class!

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My name is Mary Kate McDevitt, and I've been working as a full time freelance letterer since 2010. I've had the privilege of working for a number of great clients, including Nintendo, Sesame Street, Nike, O Magazine, Chronicle Books and CMYK Magazine and more. I take on a variety of projects; everything from editorial illustrations to headlines for advertising, to 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.