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Illustrated Lettering: Drawing Intricate Floral Forms

Gemma O'Brien, Designer, Lettering Artist

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12 Videos (1h 8m)
    • Getting Started

    • Gathering Flowers

    • Researching Typefaces

    • Sketching Letters

    • Photographing & Composition

    • Collage & Design

    • Sketching

    • Inking: Hero Flower

    • Inking: Details

    • Closing

    • Bonus: "Make It" Skillshare Short Film Featuring Gemma O'Brien

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About This Class

Love lettering, illustration, and the dramatic romance of flowers? Learn how to bring them all together in this stunning creative class with award-winning artist Gemma O'Brien!

You'll create an intricate, illustrated letterform with Gemma's unique creative method: using real flowers for inspiration, sketching large letterforms, collaging digital imagery, and sketching and inking details for an incredible final effect.

Blending digital and analog techniques, Gemma reveals a wholly unique approach to hand-drawn work. Key lessons explore:

  • Selecting flowers for inspiration, form, and style
  • Typeface guidance for large-scale letterforms
  • Collaging & composition techniques in Photoshop
  • Intricate illustration detailing with black marker pens

Every lesson breaks down her step-by-step approach, while also sharing illustration and composition techniques you can add to your personal repertoire and bring to projects of your own.

All are invited to join this class and flex their creativity. Whether you’re new to illustration and looking for a weekend project, or a seasoned artist aiming to create a complex piece, you'll gain insights and skills for use again and again. Once you dive in to Gemma’s creative lettering, you’ll never look at illustration the same way again.








Images: Gemma O'Brien x Skillshare

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Loved this class, thank you Gemma for sharing. Can't wait to get started!!
I can't express how much I enjoyed and learned from this class. I too changed my career and was an RN in charge of a floor of a hospital for many years but a brain tumor and several surgeries made it so I had to learn how to read, write, and walk all over again. Just recently I decided I liked art. Now I can't stop. You are so gifted and I loved watching you do what I love to do and when my garden fills with flowers I will be trying these letters. I do a lot of inking with my watercolors and colored pencil art and it was good to watch your techniques. You are a great teacher and you make me wish I was young again. You are a very special artist and I wish you the best. I highly recommend this fascinating class.
I loved this class. She made this process so easy.





Gemma O'Brien

Designer, Lettering Artist

Gemma O'Brien is an Australian artist specializing in lettering, illustration and typography. Watch a behind-the-scenes Skillshare exclusive on her creative journey, process, and craft!

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