Hand Lettering Essentials for Beginners Premium class

Mary Kate McDevitt, Letterer

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12 Videos (1h 57m)
    • Introduction

    • Get Started

    • Tools

    • Lettering Warm Up: Part I

    • Lettering Warm Up: Part II

    • Understanding Hand-Drawn Letters

    • More Tips

    • Thumbnails

    • Sketching Part I

    • Sketching Part II

    • Refining Your Sketch

    • Final Inking


About This Class

Learn the basics of hand lettering with the popular online workshop that's inspired more than 35,000 Skillshare students! Lettering artist Mary Kate McDevitt covers everything beginners need to draw, ink, and transform handwriting into artful drawings.

In this 2-hour class, Mary Kate reveals the first steps of hand lettering and shares how to concept, design, and letter phrases for any use—a poster, magazine, t-shirt, or anything else you might imagine. Over the course of 16 bite-sized video lessons, you'll learn:

  • Researching and Brainstorming
  • Sketching for Lettering
  • Styles for Lettering
  • Inking and Finalizing

The introductory class is filled with links, resources, and project guides to support you along the way. Plus, the class student project gallery is filled with tons of guidance, examples, and tips for guiding your own lettering project.

Sharpen your pencils — it's time to create some lettering!


Be sure to explore all of Mary Kate McDevitt's lettering classes on Skillshare!



Sample Lettering Images

1,392 of 1,418 students recommendSee All

Lots of tips to learn and improve lettering skill. I totally recommend this class :)
Great class! Easy to follow and very helpful. I would recommend it.
a great class here i learned a lot!!





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 marykatemcdevitt.com.