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 tips and inspiration <3
Aly Gabriela Pirela

Creative Designer / Illustrator

well taught
Great lesson!!

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Mary Kate McDevitt

Lettering and Illustration

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.