It's a Living: Lettering and Shading a Monoline Wordmark Premium class

Ricardo Gonzalez, Graphic Designer & Lettering Artist

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14 Videos (1h 10m)
    • Intro

    • Project

    • Inspiration

    • Tools and Materials

    • What Is a Monoline?

    • Warm-Up #1: Space

    • Warm-Up #2: Rhythm

    • Warm-Up #3: Alphabet

    • Sketching

    • Refining Your Sketch

    • Applying Color

    • Photographing

    • Shading

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class

#HowDoYouDoThatShading? Lettering artist and graphic designer Ricardo Gonzalez (a.k.a. @itsaliving) will teach you the tricks of his famous one-liners, mixing digital with physical to create depth and detail in a monoline wordmark.

Combining graffiti markers with classic calligraphy techniques, this 70-minute class walks you through Ricardo’s creative process — from warm-up exercises, to sketching and inking, to photographing and Photoshopping the finished product.

Perfect for designers, illustrators, and type enthusiasts alike, this class needs no prior knowledge in calligraphy to get started. Beginners welcome! By the end, you’ll be able to share a monoline design of your own, and show off your hometown pride.

207 of 212 students recommendSee All

A great class for learning the basics of handlettering! Great Work!
Great class, the coolest part I think was learning about the use of the folder, the warm up exercises, and the graffiti inspiration.
Great class with really unique insight to finishing touches.





Ricardo Gonzalez

Graphic Designer & Lettering Artist

Born in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua and raised in Durango, Mexico. Ricardo Gonzalez is a graphic designer focused on lettering, typography, calligraphy & typeface design. His passion for letterforms comes from his childhood when looking at old letters written in Spencerian by his grandfather in the 1950’s.

In 2008 Ricardo moved to Canada where he studied graphic design at Mohawk College. After his studies he worked as a screen printer for a two years in Ottawa ON, during this time he rediscovered his passion for calligraphy and began to experiment with letterforms.

In the fall of 2012 he moved to Toronto to work as a freelance graphic designer, but after just four months he headed down south to his home town of Durango, Mexico, to work full-time as an independent designer. Then, in the summer of 2014, he moved to New York City to attend [email protected] where he earned a typeface design diploma from Cooper Union. 

Selected Clients: Lululemon, MTV, Nissan, VH1, Coca Cola, Revlon, KRINK, Bing Bang Jewelry, Oprah Magazine, AIGA, Bowers & Wilkins and Stussy.