Part 1: Adobe Illustrator Pen Tool Vector Art For Hand Letterers Premium class

Melanie Greenwood, Designer & Founder of Vision City Studio

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5 Videos (18m)
    • Introduction To Vector Art

      0:49
    • Pen Tool For Tracing Your Hand Lettering Art

      13:13
    • Using the Curvature Tool

      2:14
    • Practice Practice Practice

      1:08
    • Love your feedback

      0:46

About This Class

Hey guys! This course is made for Hand Letterers who want to up their game and learn the awesome skill of creating vector art in Illustrator, using the pen tool! If you want to work with clients and other artists, you will need to develop the ability to create vectors with your Hand Lettering art. Vector art allows you to scale your art to any size and apply it to any material and have your art remain true to your vision. Whether you are creating logos, t-shirts, stickers, banners, signage, embroidered hats... (you name it!) you will need vector art of your Hand Lettering to send it to the printer or manufacturer.

In this course, I will show you how to use the pen tool to trace your hand lettering. I will also introduce you to the new curvature tool in Illustrator CC. This course is short and to the point and you will use this skill for countless projects in your creative future. All hand letterers should know how to make their art into vectors so that they remain in controll of their art from start to finish. 

I hope you enjoy this course and feel free to ask me questions. I love your feedback!

Melanie

Website: http://www.visioncity.biz

20 of 20 students recommendSee All

Great short clip on the pen tool. Liked the addition of the curvature tool.
Very simple yet informative. Great teaching style!
Sara Cameron-Ragazzo

Graphic designer who never stops learning.

Good overview of the pen tool basics, but not a very good example of pen tool best practices or for advanced methods.

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Melanie Greenwood

Designer & Founder of Vision City Studio

Vision City is an graphic design and illustration studio that began as doodles in Melanie Greenwood's sketchbook, while touring Europe with rock musicians in moving vehicles. As a former Model with Elmer Olsen Model Management and graphic design graduate from George Brown college (Toronto, ON), Melanie always had a special passion for music branding and inspirational messaging. When she founded Vision City in the spring of 2009, her work consisted of promotional campaigns for bands and record labels around the world, including photography, album artwork, t-shirt design, concert posters and logo design.

After moving to California in 2011 with her musician husband Chris, (AKA "Manafest") Melanie felt compelled and inspired to find a deeper purpose for her artwork. Thus, the very first Vision City screen print collection was born on November 15, 2011, consisting of 12 black and white inspirational concepts known as the "Born For This" Collection. The collection sold successfully on a private Etsy store and was quickly picked up by FAB, which created a world wide platform for the collection. She continued to develop art print series and showcase in a variety of LA art shows including Unique LA and Renegade Craft Fair. The Vision City brand quickly became known for black and white uplifting illustrations. In the spring of 2013, Melanie had the honour of having a selection of VC art pieces screened onto canvas and added to the fall 2013 collection of the National Children's Decor Retailer, Land of Nod. Vision City was awarded "Artwork of the year" at the 2012 CMGA Music Awards for her work with "The Color" album art.

Vision City is now a tri-purpose company offering design service, art products and now online education.  Melanie continues to work within the music industry while developing the VC art collections. Her newest passion is teaching other artists to develop business practices for their design services, so they too can pursue their dreams. "Vision is not only the ability to see, but also the ability to dream".