Hand-Lettering Workshop: Illustrating with Lettering

Mary Kate McDevitt, Lettering and Illustration

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7 Videos (36m)
    • Introduction

      3:27
    • Your Assignment

      3:15
    • Finding Inspiration

      6:41
    • Brainstorming

      8:37
    • Creating Thumbnails

      8:02
    • Sketching

      3:07
    • Final Thoughts

      2:25

About This Class

Join Mary Kate McDevitt as she brings lettering to life with illustration. This 35-minute class explores using concepts to drive the style of your lettering and finding inspiration in reference materials. Focused on sketching, you’ll explore 3 different approaches:

  • illustrations alongside typography
  • letters taking the form of objects
  • subtle motifs throughout letterforms

By the end, you’ll create your own hand-lettered illustration inspired by your favorite animal. This class and project is perfect for beginners seeking a fun project as well as intermediate and advanced students looking to deep-dive into a sketching challenge.

More than 25,000 students have learned to hand letter with Mary Kate's first 3 Skillshare classes: The First Steps of Hand Lettering, The Final Steps of Hand-Lettering and Vintage Hand-Lettering: Styling Phrases for Timeless Appeal.

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Great teaching style! She really got my brain working. Awesome!
Super helpful! I love that she really went into each step and helps the viewer by showing many examples.
Great tips and inspiration <3
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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, Smuckers', Macy's, and author to her books Hand-Lettering Ledger and Illustration Workshop. Between client work and personal projects Mary Kate teaches at her alma mater, Tyler School of Art, and co-founded Okay Fine, a shared studio that hosts workshops and events. On the weekend you'll find Mary Kate explori...

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