Hand Lettering Techniques: 5 Ways to Better Work

Mary Kate McDevitt, Lettering and Illustration

Play Speed
  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x
13 Videos (55m)
    • Introduction

      1:49
    • Why is Self Critique Important?

      2:03
    • The 5 Flags to Look Out For

      7:41
    • Starting Your Project: Inspiration

      2:50
    • Sketching

      3:22
    • Revising Your Sketch

      4:07
    • Refining Your Drawing

      4:05
    • Digitizing Your Drawing

      6:14
    • Adding Color to Your Piece

      8:17
    • Closing

      0:39
    • BONUS: Revising Existing Work

      6:23
    • BONUS: Revising Existing Work II

      6:36
    • What's Next?

      0:37

About This Class

Does your lettering work feel off, but you can't put your finger on why?

Mary Kate McDevitt has been lettering and illustrating for years, constantly refining and improving her work. Over the years, she's learned to critique her own lettering, noticing common mistakes and how to fix them. In this comprehensive 55-minute class, Mary Kate will share her tips to critique your own work and solve students' most common lettering missteps, including:

  • Awkward Letterforms
  • Mismatched Styles
  • Unbalanced Composition
  • Style Mismatched to Concept
  • Extraneous Details

In bite-sized lessons, you'll follow Mary Kate through creating a lettering piece from start to finish, considering the 5 flags for self critique as you go. She will point out examples, common issues, and fixes along the way. You'll also watch Mary Kate critique and improve an old piece, providing opportunities to improve your eye.

Whether you're a letterer, designer, illustrator, or enthusiast, you'll gain a set of tools for self-critique to make your work better than ever.

All lettering levels welcome, although students are encouraged to explore Mary Kate's beginning lettering classes here on Skillshare, including Hand Lettering Essentials for Beginners.

222 of 225 students recommendSee All

Awesome yet a very simple advice that most would take for granted, but could really make a real difference in their design careers.
Matthew Narca

Designer x Letterer

Nice class. Well detailed.
Renzo Salvador

UI Web Designer

Mary Kate is a great teacher - she's very thorough, gives great tips and an insight to her working process plus it's well-filmed/edited.

3,479

Students

13

Projects

Mary Kate McDevitt

Lettering and Illustration

I'm excited to announce my new journal Every Day is Epic is officially out today! This journal takes the pressure off documenting a regular day by framing it with illustrations, funny quips and plenty of places to doodle.

To celebrate with all of you, I'm offering a giveaway to 5 Skillshare students to win a copy and one grand prize winner will also have a 30 minute portfolio review/consultation. Use the hashtag #EPICSKILLSHARE to enter through instagram with a link to...

See full profile