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7 Videos (36m)
    • Introduction

      3:27
    • Your Assignment

      3:15
    • Finding Inspiration

      6:41
    • Brainstorming

      8:37
    • Creating Thumbnails

      8:02
    • Sketching

      3:07
    • Final Thoughts

      2:25

About This Class

Join Mary Kate McDevitt as she brings lettering to life with illustration. This 35-minute class explores using concepts to drive the style of your lettering and finding inspiration in reference materials. Focused on sketching, you’ll explore 3 different approaches:

  • illustrations alongside typography
  • letters taking the form of objects
  • subtle motifs throughout letterforms

By the end, you’ll create your own hand-lettered illustration inspired by your favorite animal. This class and project is perfect for beginners seeking a fun project as well as intermediate and advanced students looking to deep-dive into a sketching challenge.

More than 25,000 students have learned to hand letter with Mary Kate's first 3 Skillshare classes: The First Steps of Hand Lettering, The Final Steps of Hand-Lettering and Vintage Hand-Lettering: Styling Phrases for Timeless Appeal.

260 of 263 students recommendSee All

Great lesson!!
And yet another cool class of Mary Kate Mc Devitt. Great brief & short introduction to lettering with illustrations. If you want to dig deeper into the subject, go for the in-depth Hand Lettering classes of her. All highly recommended!
Each class is just so inspiring! I love how each step is broken down and explained :) Awesome job kate.

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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.