Cohesive Hand-Lettering: From Single Element to Full System Premium class

Mary Kate McDevitt, Letterer

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10 Videos (2h 4m)
    • Introduction

    • Project: Create a Lettering System

    • Inspiration for Your System

    • Sketching the Ex Libris Page

    • Sketching the Title Page

    • Sketching the Back Cover

    • Illustrating the Ex Libris Page

    • Illustrating the Title Page

    • Illustrating the Back Cover

    • Wrapping Up


About This Class

Push your hand-lettering projects to the next level! Join lettering artist and illustrator Mary Kate McDevitt for this two-hour, in-depth class on creating cohesive lettering systems.

Mary Kate will take you behind-the-scenes on a real client project and share how to create a system of multiple illustrations and lettered blurbs, tied together with a single motif to create a cohesive and beautiful system you can apply to any large project.

This class is great for the illustrator or designer looking to push their work a bit further and create something big. You’ll learn to tell a larger story with your lettering and illustration using hierarchy, color, and style to unify your drawings.

Every lesson progresses in bite-sized, step-by-step demonstration. Mary Kate uses a book cover of her own design as a starting point, and then illustrates an ex libris page, a title page, and a back cover page with a hand-lettered blurb. She sketches multiple concepts for each element, and refines her drawings until she lands on final illustrations for each, creating a full lettering system for the book. Ultimately, all of the drawings are tied together with a uniting concept and aesthetic — and her careful demonstration and explanation demystifies how.

You’ll leave this class with frameworks to pinpoint what makes an illustration or lettered phrase work, and you'll learn how to unite multiple applications of your illustrations.

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This class was so wonderful and informative!
Jhuly Feliz


Clear, simple and very inspiring!
Braulio Baltazar

I am a creative director for a creative world

Dear Mary Kate McDevitt, It is always amazing watching you doing amazing lettering and illustration work and absorbing your tips and knowledge. Thank you so much for this gorgeous class. All the best, Sandra
Sandra Brezina-Krivda

Graphic designer, lover of creative letters





My name is Mary Kate McDevitt, and I've been working as a full time freelance letterer since 2010. I've had the privilege of working for a number of great clients, including Nintendo, Sesame Street, Nike, O Magazine, Chronicle Books and CMYK Magazine and more. I take on a variety of projects; everything from editorial illustrations to headlines for advertising, to book covers, journals, posters, wine labels, and products.

I live and work in Brooklyn, NY with my boyfriend, the screen printer Fred DiMeglio, and my fluffy cat Peppy Mew Mew.

For more information, and to view my entire portfolio, visit