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Adé Hogue, Designer

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11 Lessons (1h 2m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. The Power of Lettering

    • 3. Planning Your Project

    • 4. Sketching on Paper

    • 5. Refining Letterforms on Paper

    • 6. Refining Shapes on Paper

    • 7. Refining in Procreate

    • 8. Finalizing in Illustrator

    • 9. Preparing to Print

    • 10. Final Thoughts

    • 11. Explore More Classes on Skillshare

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About This Class

Remember the feeling of doodling lyrics in your notebook? Return to illustrating music you love in this fun and accessible hand-lettering class from acclaimed designer Adé Hogue!

Adé Hogue got his start as an engineer, and his approach to lettering has its foundations in the tried-and-true methodology he learned then. If lettering has always been a bit of a mystery to you, let Adé’s unique and structured approach shed some light, and join him in the joy of connecting with yourself through illustrating the music that you love.

Using a combination of analog and digital techniques, Adé will guide you through hand-lettering a lyric from first idea to final color, giving you his tips and inviting you to think about lettering in a whole new way. At the end of the class, you’ll have a postcard illustrated with a lyric you love, ready to hang or send away to friends (and to Adé himself!).

Through Adé’s playful, warm instruction, you’ll learn how to:

  • Rough out sketches by hand for a sense of space and composition
  • Use baselines and x-lines to keep your design consistent
  • Map out letters quickly and efficiently
  • Refine and finalize your design in Adobe Illustrator

Each lesson takes what can be a time-consuming and overwhelming process and makes it accessible and clear, giving you the opportunity to design a song lyric with more attentiveness and passion than you have since the days of AIM away messages. Once you dive into Adé’s lettering process, you’ll not only have a postcard you designed, but an incredible array of tools to return to in your future artistic endeavors.