Lettering a Monoline Wordmark: Creating Graffiti-Inspired Uniform Lines

Ricardo Gonzalez, Graphic Designer & Lettering Artist

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14 Videos (1h 10m)
    • Intro

    • Project

    • Inspiration

    • Tools and Materials

    • What Is a Monoline?

    • Warm-Up #1: Space

    • Warm-Up #2: Rhythm

    • Warm-Up #3: Alphabet

    • Sketching

    • Refining Your Sketch

    • Applying Color

    • Photographing

    • Shading

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class

In this popular class, lettering artist and designer Ricardo Gonzalez teaches you the tricks of lettering his iconic monoline wordmarks, mixing digital and physical techniques to create depth and detail!

While traditional calligraphy has strokes of varying weights ("thicks and "thins"), monoline lettering has a uniform thickness throughout the pen stroke. Using a rounded-tip pen or graffiti marker instead of a chiseled nib creates a distinctive, graphic look that lettering artists are sure to love adding to their artistic arsenal.

In this 70-minute class, you'll walk through Ricardo's creative lettering process, including:

  • warm-up exercises
  • sketching
  • inking
  • photographing and Photoshopping the finished lettered piece

Every lesson is a true behind-the-scenes into the work featured on his popular Instagram account, @itsaliving!

Perfect for designers, illustrators, and type enthusiasts alike, you don't need any prior knowledge in calligraphy or lettering to get started. Beginners welcome! By the end of the lessons, you’ll be able to create and share a monoline wordmark of your own.


Image courtesy Ricardo Gonzalez via Instagram (@itsaliving)

259 of 266 students recommendSee All

This is a great class. I highly recommend it.
Linda Smith

I love art.

Go for it!
Very inspiring and motivating class - thanks for the awesome work :-)
Monika Zwiefelhofer

Passionate Graphic- & Webdesigner





Ricardo Gonzalez

Graphic Designer & Lettering Artist

Born in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua and raised in Durango, Mexico. Ricardo Gonzalez is a graphic designer focused on lettering, typography, calligraphy & typeface design. His passion for letterforms comes from his childhood when looking at old letters written in Spencerian by his grandfather in the 1950’s.

In 2008 Ricardo moved to Canada where he studied graphic design at Mohawk College. After his studies he worked as a screen printer for a two years in Ottawa ON, during this time he rediscovered his passion for calligraphy and began to experiment with letterforms.

In the fall of 2012 he moved to Toronto to work as a freelance graphic designer, but after just four months he headed down south to his home town of Durango, Mexico, to work full-time as an independent designer. Then, in the summer of 2014, he moved to New York City to attend Type@Cooper where he earned a typeface design diploma from Cooper Union. 

Selected Clients: Lululemon, MTV, Nissan, VH1, Coca Cola, Revlon, KRINK, Bing Bang Jewelry, Oprah Magazine, AIGA, Bowers & Wilkins and Stussy.