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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

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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.


1,557 of 1,566 students recommendSee All

Amazing class, and I love your personality! So real and easy to connect with, even over video. Thank you!
Brandy Folse

Graphic Designer / Owner Hummingbird Press

She is a great teacher and an amazing artist! I learned a lot of things. Thanks!
very well done :)





Jessica Hische

Letterer and Illustrator

Jessica Hische is a letterer, illustrator, and self-described "avid internetter." After graduating with a degree in Graphic and Interactive Design from Tyler School of Art, she worked for Headcase Design in Philadelphia before taking a position as Senior Designer at Louise Fili Ltd. While working for Louise, Jessica also maintained a busy freelance career, and, after two and a half years of little sleep and a lot of lettering, she left to further her freelance career and embark on several per...

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