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Lettering for Designers: One Drop Cap Letterform at a Time

Jessica Hische, Letterer and Illustrator

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13 Videos (1h 40m)
    • Introduction

    • Research

    • What is Lettering?

    • Brainstorming

    • Upload, Share, and Critique

    • Sketching Tips

    • Initial Sketching

    • Choosing a Direction

    • Drop Cap #1

    • Drop Cap #2

    • Letterform Basics

    • Plotting Vector Points

    • Self-Critique


About This Class

The foundation of all lettering is understanding how to create just one beautiful letter.

In this popular class, learn how to create beautiful letters and alphabets by starting with the simplest possible project: making a single letter! You'll join acclaimed letterer and illustrator Jessica Hische as she walks through her personal lettering process and share tips and tricks from throughout her stunning career, ranging from personal projects like "Daily Drop Cap" and "Should I Work For Free" to opening title sequences for Wes Anderson.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Sketch your ideas to create a solid foundation for your design
  • Digitize your work in illustrator, including using handlebars and vector points
  • Identify what makes a letter look organic and replicate it in your own work
  • Critique your work to get those solid finishing touches (even perfect curves)

After finishing this class, you will have a finished drop cap letter and a full arsenal of tools to create perfect letters that will feel natural and look amazing for every project and style.


1,458 of 1,466 students recommendSee All

Great class. Great tips on Illustrator techniques.
Highly informative and fun. Perfect progression in lessons. Jessica's teaching experience is evident and she seems *completely* at ease in front of the camera, which I really appreciate. Production quality is top-notch. Nothing but love for this one!
Perfect course for not only setting up a solid process for your lettering and/or designs but also for brushing up on professional etiquette, creating rapport, working with and around clients, being clear and concise about your ideas and presenting them clearly and in a detailed manner. Very important course for anyone in the field :) Loved it!





Jessica Hische

Letterer and Illustrator

This January 2018, get ready for a new class from world-renowned lettering artist Jessica Hische! To celebrate, we're thrilled to present an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Jessica's creative process. Follow her today & be first to find out when the new class is live!

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