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Shiny Letters - Create an Illustrative Lettering From Your Handwriting in Procreate

teacher avatar The Artmother, Professional Art Teacher and Artist

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Lessons in This Class

14 Lessons (1h 5m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:00
    • 2. The Class Project

      5:27
    • 3. Meet Your Handwriting

      5:47
    • 4. Composition Tips

      7:29
    • 5. Your Handwriting As A Path

      6:28
    • 6. Choose Your Shape Language

      5:52
    • 7. Add Illustrative Elements

      2:11
    • 8. Choose Your Colors

      4:06
    • 9. Paint Those Letters

      2:49
    • 10. 3D Effect

      4:02
    • 11. Make'em Shine

      6:57
    • 12. Overlap? No Problem!

      2:37
    • 13. Final Touches

      6:39
    • 14. Final Thoughts

      2:38
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About This Class

Have you ever wanted to create those stunning quote artworks but you have no clue about lettering?

I’ve got you! In this class you will learn to craft and illustrate lettering artworks using your handwriting and some basic drawing skills!

 

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WHY TO TAKE THIS CLASS?

Hand lettering is a cool addition to any artwork or it even can function as a stand alone piece. Either way, it might be overwhelming to navigate through all the typefaces, fonts, rules, etc. I just wanted to simplify it, as I myself struggled a lot with procrastination over illustrating my favorite quotes.

If you are here, we know two things: you can write and you can draw basic things like lines and shapes, right? Then this class is perfect for you! We will use these two skills to create a stunning illustration of your favourite quote.

What’s more, I will teach you a cool technique to make your words 3D and shiny. Using Procreate’s basic tools, you can simply create effects that will make your letters pop and make the overall lettering an amusing piece of art!

WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR?

Regardless of your experience, if you have a quote in your mind you would love to illustrate, this class is perfect for you!

The best fit is for beginners as the class is built up to guide those who haven’t got any knowledge or experience about lettering.

If you are a pro and would love to loosen up, you are welcome to join us, but if you a pro, following a strict set of rules, this class is not for you.

WHAT WILL YOU NEED?

 You will need

  • a short quote you would love to illustrate,
  • an iPad and Procreate on it,
  • optionally a pencil and paper,
  • the Resources downloaded from the “Projects and Resources” tab.

 WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

There will be so many things you will learn in this class! Let’s name the top ones:

You will learn to:

  • Use your handwriting as base for your lettering piece
  • Create an aesthetic composition of words and other elements
  • Create 3D letters
  • Paint a shiny effect

By the end of this class you will be ready to create your own illustrative lettering and use it in various ways in different types of art pieces.

 I am so excited to have you here and I am so much looking forward to see what you create!

So are you ready? Let’s get started!

 

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The Artmother

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Welcome! My name is Alexandra Finta - a passionate artist, a happy mother and an enthusiastic teacher - in short The Artmother. I am a professional art teacher with a Masters Degree in Art Education with years of experience in teaching in person and online. As an artist, I am creating in all different kinds of mediums from acrylics, watercolors, graphite and digital. I have years of experience in graphic design and photography. 

For more info check out my website here: www.theartmotherart.com

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I am very passionate about helping very beginners to explore their artistic abilities and to build their confidence in creating art... See full profile

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1. Introduction : [MUSIC] Have you ever wanted to create those stunning quote affix, but you have no clue about lettering? I've got you. In this class, you will learn how to craft and illustrate lettering, artworks from your handwriting, and some basic drawing skills. Hi, my name is Alexandra, aka the art mother, I'm an artist, an illustrator, online educator, and art enthusiast. I love functional arts, I love to surround myself with beautiful artworks, and actually to be reminded of some everyday things with them. For example, to take my morning coffee. [LAUGHTER] This is how my lettering journey started by designing wall art for myself. Hand lettering is a cool addition to any artwork, and it can even stand alone. Either way, it might be overwhelming to navigate through all the typefaces, forms, and rules, etc. I just wanted to simplify it because I, myself struggled a lot with the procrastination over illustrating my own favorite phrases. Everyone can draw lines and write, right? [LAUGHTER] In this class we are going to use these skills. We're going to choose a simple phrase or quote, and utilize your unique way of writing letters, and use your handwriting as a path for building up an aesthetic composition of birds and other decorative elements. Once more, I will teach you a super cool technique to make your birds 3D and shiny. I'm so excited to have you here and I'm so much looking forward to see what you create in this class, so see you inside. [MUSIC] 2. The Class Project : [MUSIC] Your class project is going to be a lettering piece containing minimum two and maximum of five words. It can be a short phrase or a simple quote. Here's the list for some inspiration. Chill out, leave love laugh, hello Monday, you can do it, dream big, no means no, find your fire. Now, you know approximately what I have in mind. The point is, don't over-complicate it. As for the beginning, really just choose something where we use not too many words are right. Also make sure that these words means something to you. It will make the creation process more joyful. The reason I started lettering my illustrations is that I wanted to add them more function. I love to surround myself with beautiful pieces of art works and illustrations. But I really need to be reminded of some values in life, for example I love to over dramatize situations and it is good to see the chill out [LAUGHTER] riding. I cannot tattoo everything on myself.This is what I thought of to find a funny short phrases and just add them to my illustration pieces, make pollsters for example the one that you see here.This one says more espresso, less depresso. This is one of my favorite artworks that I have created. We're going to create something like this. But remember that we are focusing on the lettering itself and not the illustration. We're going to add some decorative elements so that old lettering can stand alone or be a standalone piece. But if you wish to add an illustration to it, for example as I did here, you are free to do so as well. But I want to warn you that this class is not going to include this part on the lettering part. You can learn to create illustrations like this in my other classes. Take a look at the description of the class I am putting there some recommendation of classes that you can take to be able to create an illustration like this to complete your lettering. But now let's just focus on the lettering. What will you need for this class? You will need an iPad with Procreate on it. At least I'm going to use Procreate. The design process itself can be followed along in any way, even traditionally or in any software because we are going to sketch. In the painting part and the illustration technique I'm going to show you is limited to your software so you need to adjust the steps for yourself if you want to apply that effect to your artwork. I have prepared some resources for you.There is a PDF summarizing the whole design process. There is a brush set,the art winners ultimate brush set, that contains the best brushes I've ever created and I'm going to use those for my illustration. You can also download some color palettes that I prepared for this class. Let me just map out for you very shortly the process that we're going to go through. At first we are going to meet or handwriting. Maybe you were not mindful how you are writing letters by now. Now, we are going to just take a very short loop on how you write letters and how you connect them. You will write a chosen phrase several times and we will decide on the size of the words, the ways that I've written and then we are going to create a composition from these words and use your handwriting as a path for building up the shapes of these letters. During the painting process, we are going to make these letters cool by the 3D effect. I think these shine to it and also add some decorative elements to make it all an aesthetic composition. After we are done watching the class and you finish your artwork, make sure to upload it to the project gallery below. In the project and resources tab that opens when you're in a browser, include your image and a few words about your experience into the body of this class project. It is also good to create a cover photo as it helps others to find your project more easily.You can also share it on social media and just make sure that you tag me as at the art mother. Now, the next step is to choose your phrase. I decided to create the class thumbnail as a class project. [MUSIC] My phrase we'll be illustrating shiny letters. What's yours? [MUSIC] 3. Meet Your Handwriting : [MUSIC] Now that you have your phrase, lets us create a new canvas in Procreate. I will create a screen-sized canvas right now. If you want to sketch on pencil paper, or grab dose. We're going to start with simply just writing down the phrase and we're going to write it down two ways, in lowercase and in uppercase. Really use your handwriting, don't be too mindful of, I really need to draw very nicely now. Just keep it loose, but also, don't write very quickly when you are writing big pages because that will distort your handwriting. [MUSIC] When I was in school, I totally loved to create these beautiful titles for my things in the exercise book that people were supposed to write down. I was not the best student, [LAUGHTER] but I had really beautiful titles in my exercise books. This is how I started to write my titles in uppercase. Let's just take a look on some things. We're not going to do any difficult analyses of the words. What I want from you basically is to find parts of your writing that you really like. For example, I really like how I use this Y here so that I make this, where we definite going down in it. I really love how I connect my S and the H. But I will also break rules and I invite you to break rules as well. If you take a look on this image that I have created here, depresso is in uppercase and the e is in lowercase and the combination of these makes it really interesting. So breaking the rules is a way to approach things most of the times. This is the second thing that I want from you now to break the rules. Think about where you can put uppercase in a word written in lowercase and the other way round. The third thing is, that I want you to define the placement and the size of the words. Decide which words are important. In this case, the important was the espresso and depresso. As you can see this small, more, and less are written in small, but still in uppercase. But I would love to combine it right now and I will choose the main words and that is shiny letters. [MUSIC] I will write illustrating up here in lowercase. When I realized here that if I play this illustrating about is t, this j might be connected to it. It is sometimes wary of fun to connect and build them together, so I will try to connect them. [MUSIC] I have a basic sketch for my lettering. Let's just do a little recap on what I want from you now. I want you to write down your phrase in lowercase and in uppercase, look for interesting connections between letters, and choose the parts that you like in your handwriting. Yeah, I want you to like your handwriting. Then experiment and break rules. Exchange lowercase and uppercase only if you wish, this is optional part. Then define the placement and size of the words. Choose which words are more important, which has to be dominant, and maybe make the dominance by writing them bigger and in uppercase and the less important part with lowercase. Lastly, find interesting connections within the placement where you can build these two together. This will add this illustrative feeling to the whole. After you have this base simple sketch of your words I'll see you in the next video where we're going to talk a little bit more about composition. [MUSIC] 4. Composition Tips : [MUSIC] Another thing you need to be mindful of when you are creating lettering art works is to think about the final piece. Don't just randomly create letterings, think about the overall format that you are going to use it in. As you can see, I already created a rectangular composition for my sketch. This is because I'm going to work on a thumbnail image. It is enough if you just keep in mind that if you want a square, if you place your letters too widely, you will have too much of negative space below and above your lettering. That might be interesting. If you want to fill that area with decorative elements or just leave that like that, it can be also an interesting thing, but it requires solution. If you don't want extra work, think ahead. If you are illustrating this for Instagram, keep in mind to create a square composition and also a square canvas and start working there. You can just grab your sketch and put it into that new canvas. I'm going to stay here, and I'll work in this one. I will just erase everything that I don't need here now, [NOISE] and talk a little bit more about composition. There is another way to create interesting compositions, and that is filling a shape. One thing is the size of the final piece or the orientation of the final piece if it is a landscape, a portrait, or a square-sized canvas. But within these formats, you can use shapes. You can use geometric shapes or organic shapes as well. It can be very interesting to draw an organic shape. For example, I will use a shape like this and try to write my letters into it. Let's say, I will just try it out. Shiny. It can be this shape itself. I don't know. Write letters here. It will not work with this one when I bring that here, but let's just try. Illustrating [LAUGHTER] shiny letters. I hope you understand what I have in mind. I don't want this, but this is a possible way of filling in an organic shape. You can do the same with all different kinds of shapes. You can fill in a circle. You can create a circle, and just write shiny letters there or your phrase. Come back to the circle, for example. It might be very interesting to do this compositions within the canvas size that you have. I will keep my sketch like this. I will just create a rectangle and try to fix my letters into that a little bit more. I will create a rectangle and its shape rectangle. What I'm going to do now is to fit my letters into this rectangle. This is good because I will be able to transfer it into different sizes of canvases. It will be rectangular, but it will fit all different kinds of sizes. Because, for example, a thumbnail is thinner than the screen-sized canvas in Procreate. I will be ready to put this composition into that canvas-sized, if that makes sense. I'm going to speed this up. [MUSIC] After a few experiments, I have my final sketch. I will just tell you in a few short words what I have done here. I have played with these letters what to write bigger, what to write smaller. It is very good to try them out several ways. How you can connect these letters in the most interesting way, how it fit. At the end, I made this G as the top of only one T, so that is more readable. For some reason, this combination made me think or reminded me of shape of a house. That feel quite not fit the meaning of my phrase, so I let that go. I decided to end these similarly, this Y and this G up here. After you have a quite finished sketch of your letters, see you in the next video where we are going to use your handwriting as a path. [MUSIC] 5. Your Handwriting As A Path: [MUSIC] In this video, we are going to build up shapes for all letters using these lines because we yet only draw lines. I will just erase everything that I have here, or turn them off. This is my main lettering and I will just place into the middle of my Canvas. I will create a new layer above it all and make this layer less opaque so that I can draw above it. There are two ways how you can create shapes from your letters. Most of the brushes that you have in the digital programs, or Procreate, or actually any real brush is not creating thin lines, but I'm making a wider lines, or basically shapes. There are two ways you can build up shapes from your letters. One is that you choose a brush. Let me go to the artworks ultimate brush set here. I will just take the textured shaper, and let's say choose a color and make it bigger and I just follow the shape of the lines I have created, for example like this. I have shapes for my letters. This is one way. This is the easier way. If you don't have too much time to draw like a very precisely and filling in shapes this is one way you can go with your letters. If you wish, you can just simply follow with this thick brush the lines you were drawing and create shapes from it. Yes, they are overlapping, you can change the size of your brush as well. Maybe if I go to this smaller one, or smaller lettering, I can just make it thinner. This is just an example case, is not my finished thing. This is one way and if you just do this with your sketch, you can continue. But there is a more complicated way, or a more complex way of building up shapes and it includes also sketching, drawing, and then filling in those shapes with brushes. Let me just show you an example how I combine this in my illustration here. This Espresso and Depresso of arts here with the second way, I'm going to just create these letters that I'm going to show you. As you can see these other ones here, the less and the more up here are just simple brush strokes. These shapes of these were only used with a simple brush. It is totally okay to combine these two, but I would love to show you how I will do this here. When I will be illustrating, this illustrating word will be just written in this way. Now, I'm going to just work on the shiny letters and build their shapes up. The way I'm going to do this is, I will choose black and the sketching pencil and actually draw edges around my shapes at approximately the same size in both parts. Let me just show you for example like this. My line is a path for the shape, or the middle of it. In a second you will see that this is good because we can change things in the shapes and make these letters more interesting. I'm just going to speed this up now and draw these shapes, [MUSIC] or the lines around the path of my handwriting. [MUSIC] This is super cool. I hope you can see the difference between the one line shapes and these buildup shapes and these layers of mine will be still perfect, but while we are going to paint them, we will make them look really top. If you have overlaps in your letters, that's not a problem. We are going to solve them later, when we are painting them, or you might even think that there are problems now, but yes they are a bit tricky, but not that much. If you have built these shapes up from your handwriting, see you in the next video where we are going to choose your shape language. [MUSIC] 6. Choose Your Shape Language: [MUSIC] What is a shape language? Shape language means that certain shapes give certain moods to a drawing or vibes. This is mostly used in character design but it applies to your letters too. For example, rectangular edges make something strong and heavy. Lots of curves and curvy endings make your letters look cute. These pointy edges make some points. They are poking so very harsh words might look good with these pointy edges. Then spirals make things goofy. Let me just show you an example. For example, I have created this artwork, Chillout. As you can see, there are lots of spirals and curves in these letters. It is a cute, good feeling, positive vibe to chill out. However, if you take a look on this, Espresso Depresso, depressive things are pointy [LAUGHTER] if that makes sense. It is not an easy topic. Espresso coffee itself is not that cute thing. It is soberly, it is goofy, it makes your energies spiral out. [LAUGHTER] This is why these very pointy, goofy edges here and there in the words really fit what I'm saying in this phrase. Think about what you want to say with a phrase that you have chosen. Is it cute? Is it something heavy or is it something goofy? Try to add those things into letters. For example, if these shiny letters were very cute, I would do this. I would maybe erase these edges and add curves because why not? I can even remove this whole thing here and just simply add a rounded edge. Now, what the feeling of my shiny letters is if I take a look at it, I automatically added a lot of edges and rectangular things. It is heavy. Shiny letters, however, add for me positive coffee vibes. I will now work on maybe removing some edges and adding some curves and swirls and some more positive shape language to the overall thing. If I want to be mindful of what I'm drawing, I need to think through what I want to say and communicate with the phrase or illustration or my words. I'm going to again speed this up and just revisit and think through some things in my illustration. [MUSIC] What I want to say with my letters is very simple, shiny letters. I removed some more complicated things for me so it is really straightforward what it is about. I also want this to be very easily readable because this is going to be a thumbnail. I decided to remove some too-extreme curves and I simplified the shapes. What your task in this stage is to think about the shape language that you are using and what you want to communicate with your letters apart from what it is actually saying. Make your letters easier and more straightforward if you don't want to overcomplicate it. If you want to say something very cute and positive, use more curves and end your letters with curves. If you want something very goofy, add some random shapes here and there and make sure that you are happy about your artwork. Let's continue to the next stage where we are going to add some illustrative elements to complete your design. [MUSIC] 7. Add Illustrative Elements: [MUSIC] In this video we are going to add some illustrative elements to your design. They can be as simple as some simple shapes or more complicated elements, like illustrations and more complex florals for example. The function of these elements is to fill in the composition itself within the composition that you have chosen. If you have a square, let me show you for example this chill out. I have a very rectangular composition of my words and I had to fill in the square canvas. It really fits here, at this piece wonder I added some stars and the moon, not too much because my focus is still on the words themselves. I might add lines, floral elements, simple geometric shapes or if you wish you can add more complex florals to your artwork, or even illustrations that I have done right here. I'm going to again speed this up and decorate it a little bit and then we will continue. [MUSIC] I have added some decorative elements. I really like them. They just complete the illustration but don't take the tension from the words themselves. Now, we're ready to start illustrating. In the next video we are going to choose our colors for the illustration [MUSIC]. 8. Choose Your Colors: [MUSIC] Choosing colors is not easy. You need to make sure that it also communicates your message and you need to choose the right colors to have a clear and readable artwork and we need to prepare in advance what we are going to do in our illustration. As we are going to do a 3D effect and the shiny effect, I know in the other ones, what colors will you need. Basically, you will need Freeman colors at first. You will need a color for the background, for the lettering, and for the 3D effect. As for this composition, I thought that the letters would be the brightest then the background will be a major tone and the 3D part will be the darkest. I could choose a midtone for my background, and I will choose a color for it. I want this shiny letters to be very girly [LAUGHTER] illustration. I thought that this color will be this peachy color for my background. My letters will be white. I will create a new palette for this. I will put it here. I will choose my whites for my letters and go for a magenta. I have now three colors. Let's just see how they look together. I'll have just roughly create a layer below all the sketches and just choose the clean shaper from my brush set. But any brush that is opaque and not too textured would work pretty well. I will just feel in roughly one letter. I will add below this magenta next to it, just very roughly. I will create a, "Value Check layer." I will create a new layer, fill it with gray, and change the blending mode of this layer to color and I can see that my letter is a readable. The shadow is pretty good, but the background and the letter are pretty much blending into each other. I need to darken my background color and I will just do that. Background color, classic and I will try to make it a little bit in-between the shadow and the letter for example like this. I will just put it here and turn off the value check layer and I think this looks pretty nice. My illustration will be readable. The Value Check layer is a very good way to check your values. Obviously, you can change that later and we can also play with the colors later. But for the base, will work very nicely and it will smoothen your workflow. I will turn off or delete these layers I have just created and in the next [MUSIC] lesson, we are going to paint those letters. [MUSIC] 9. Paint Those Letters: [MUSIC] In this video, we're going to paint letters. What we are going to do is to fill in the shapes with a solid brush. The best brush for this is the clean shaper I have in the arbiters ultimate brush set. But again, any brush that is solid, all packed and not too textured will work just fine. I will take my sketch, I will merge these together and actually I will go a little bit tidier on my file. I have my sketch, I have my value check layer here. I will create a layer below it all and turn the opacity of my sketch down. Now I have my brush, the clean shaper and my color of white. I will just fill in the shiny letters parts. I will again speed this up [MUSIC]. When you arrive to a part where your letters are overlapping, make sure to put those letters that are at the top onto a different layer. [MUSIC] I have my shapes filled. I will now create a new layer and choose my texture shaper, and with this little textured line or line shape, [LAUGHTER] I will just try the illustrating part [MUSIC] and connect it to this top shape. I will not paint the decorative elements now. That will be the last thing that we're going to do. Right now, we are going to add it a 3D effect. Let's do that in the next video. [MUSIC] 10. 3D Effect: [MUSIC] This will be fun. Go to your layers and select both layers or as many layers that you have with these overlapping ones. I suggest you have a main layer with the main letters and a layer with the top letters so duplicate them both. Now choose the ones that are below. Hit the color that you want this shadow to be. Go back to the layers and these lower layer hit on it, hit "Select" and it can go back and hit "Fill Layer" and do this with the other ones as well. Hit "Select", hit "Fill Layer". Now select the layer of this pink, hit the Move button and place it a little bit lower like this. You can do the same with the second layer or the other layer as well. Now you can decide how thick your layers will be. If you place this shadow just a little bit down, it will be very thin and if you want a very deep thickness, all these letters place them more apart. Now what I'm going to do is that I'm going to select the clean shape again and connect this shadow to the main shape. For example, here, many of these edges. This layer [LAUGHTER] Connect the edges to these ones. You can adjust the shape of this shadow to make it more smooth. Erase it where you think that it does not go, that it is there and just go through your letters and adjust this shape to fit your letters. What you need to be mindful of to keep the same angle during the whole. Don't do, for example, I'll just show you here that one will be this angle and one will be this angle. Try to keep the same angles. When you are at a rounded shape for example, at this circle, take the edges and just connect them. [MUSIC] Make sure to work on the layer of the shadow that you are at [LAUGHTER] if that makes sense. Now I'm at the layer of the main letters. I will work on those and then move on to the letters that are on the top. Don't mix it around because adding the shiny effect, it might be tricky [MUSIC]. Now I'm going to go to the shadows of the top letters and do the same to them as well. I will feel, for example, this whole shape because you wouldn't see that if the latter is 3D. Cool. Now we have a 3D effect. Let's just move on to the shading part or making them shiny. [MUSIC] 11. Make'em Shine: [MUSIC] There are several ways you can make these letters shiny. We're going to make the shadow or the 3D part shiny. It will result in an effect like this as if it was gold or golden. Now I'm working with a magenta and I can make that shine too. The principle is the same. I'm going to choose three levels of the same hue and make a smooth gradation within them. Now, there is an easy way to do this. I will just show it to you. I will create a new layer about this 3D shadow. Choose a light pink, so our lighter version of that hue. Choose the clean shaper and make this layer a clipping mask. Now add a line here and there, for example, where I wanted to shine. For example like this. I will just do this on some parts because I will show you a more complex way of doing this. Let's say to here. Now I go to adjustments and a Gaussian blur, and just blurr it. Voila! I have this shiny parts on this, and it already makes it shiny. It looks totally cool. If you choose this way of making these letters shine, it's all right. Now I'm going to show a you a more complex way. I will just delete this and again create a layer above this shadow and hit "Clipping Mask". This will work pretty nicely. Again, this lighter version, I need my main color, and I will need a darker version, of the same hue. A mid tone, the color that I was working in, a highlight and a shadow. Now I'm going to use my shader brush. Any brush that is textured and transparent would work pretty fine with this. I will start with the first letter. I will make this shining this way a little bit more deep. I'll work with shadows as well. Where do these curves meet or these edges meet? There. I will make this a little bit smaller. The shadow comes from that. To make a smooth gradation with this brush, you need to push harder and then smoothen out a little bit. Every time this shadow is showing below the lettering, at these parts, it's getting darker, if that makes sense. Also, when you are shading objects with edges, one side is lighter and the other side is darker. For example at this part, I will make this brush a little bit smaller. At this edge, it will be darker as it goes up here. Also I will add a little bit of shadow here. At this part again, it's showing off at the edges. I will add a little bit of shadow. Again, I will add a little bit of shadow here, and the shadow here, like this. Again, it comes out like this, and by the edges, it adds a shadow. I will go through all of these shadows like this. Let's do a little recap how. Every time there is a shape connection and the 3D part is showing, you will go with a shadow for each side. Where you have these very edgy parts, one part is always going into the dark and one part is all lighter. I will speed this up, but keep your eye on what I'm doing to get a little bit more sense of what I'm talking about. [MUSIC] All right so now I have the shadows and I will add the highlights. How do I do that? I will choose this lightest version and go back to the parts where there are no shadows, and I will add a line to the middle. I will go back to the layer on the clipping mask about these shadows. I will add the line in the middle and go with a little bit of gradation to each side, like this. Also at the edges where the light can hit these parts. Can you see what I'm talking about? What I'm going to do now is to do the same to all of the letters. Find the parts that I left out from the shadings and add the middle line, create a little gradation to make them shine. [MUSIC] What do you say? They are shining bright. Either way you've done the simple way or this more complex way, it is totally fine. Now, if you have overlaps between these letters, it is not a problem. Let's see what we can do with them in the next video. [MUSIC]. 12. Overlap? No Problem!: [MUSIC] It is really another problem. If it is not annoying here I get these letters are overlapping. It is fine. I'm going to turn off the sketch to see how it looks. For me, it is a little bit bartering because these main colors are just blending into each other. What I can do is to cut out these top letters from the letters below. Let's just see how we can do that. I will go to the main layer and just grab my eraser. I will make sure that my eraser, I started a clean shaper or any other brand that you use to create the letters. I will just start here and this T, I will just simply erase a little bit off the letter here. [MUSIC] We are not going to erase from the shadows below, but we will try to as if continue the shadows of the letters there. I will just grab my main color here, go to the main shading layer and make sure that I have the clean shape, and just add this three-dimensional part here, as if. What I can do as well is to darken it. Really where these letters meet, there will be shadows. I will just make sure that it is there. I will actually try to make it as real as possible by even erasing from that shadow. [MUSIC] I think this is looking pretty good. All letters are finished. Let's just add the final touches in the next video. 13. Final Touches: [MUSIC] I will turn on the sketch again and check out my illustrative elements. What I can do, as well, is to add a little bit of drop shadow below the letters, and it will be very easy again. I will just duplicate the main layer of the shadow, select, choose black, and fill this layer with this black. I will again select it and just place it a little bit lower. Now, this is when the trick will come in, I will hit ''Adjustments'', Gaussian blur, and just blur in. Now I can place it all around. I will do the same with the top shadow, so duplicate, select, fill layer, Gaussian blur, and Gaussian blurring. Now, this puts shadows onto the letters, and I don't want that. I will just place this layer below it all so that this shadow is below here, I will just make it here. I will merge these two shadows, and actually lower its opacity so that it's not that harsh. Now our shiny letters even have a drop shadow. Now let's fill in these little elements. What color they will be? I will actually choose this dark pink and the texture shaper, and just fill in these things here, obviously onto the layer. [MUSIC] Cool. What I love to do is gradation. I will play a little bit with the background to add a little bit of gradation into it, and also to the top letters. Let me show you what I mean. I will grab the background color, go to my shader brush, I will make a new clipping mask to these layers, on top. Clipping mask, and another clipping mask. Now I will go into these layers, and just go through, and add a little bit of gradation. This is not looking good right now, but believe me, this will look good. I will choose a darker version of this whole color, maybe a little bit more saturated and more reddish. Let me see. I will create a layer above the background, not the shadow, but the background, and I will make a gradation just to the middle. I can make it happen with a bigger brush. This looks pretty cool. I can choose different colors as well, or just go to the adjustments and go through hue saturation brightness and just play with these colors. It looks good with the blue, and also with this teal. It looks pretty nice, or the pink, or the purple one? I love this teal one. I will make it a little bit lower, so it actually starts as if it's at the middle of this whole. I will turn off the sketch. [LAUGHTER] This is so cool, I love this so much. Nowadays I love to make gradations, I don't know why, but it looks pretty amazing. It makes the simple designs so much more interesting. I will turn on the value check layer and see if everything's fine. Yeah, everything is readable, I love it. What I don't like is the color of these elements, so I will just revisit them. [MUSIC] I think that I'm finished. What do you say? One last thing that I'm going to do is that I'm going to add a little glowing effect with the light pen that you can find in the luminance brush set in Procreate. Then choose white color, create a new layer, and start adding these cute little stars. [MUSIC] This made it look really cool, and it completed the composition. Maybe I will need to add some things to these coronaries, but not necessarily. It will depend on where I'm going to put this lettering into a thumbnail image, or I will put it also onto social media to fit a square canvas. We will see. This is the time when you need to think about all these other elements you might want to add to your illustration to complete the whole artwork. I hope that you like this technique, and I am so much looking forward to see what you create. See you in the final video. Let's do a little recap on what we have done in this class. [MUSIC] 14. Final Thoughts: [MUSIC] Congratulations, you have finished the class. I'm so happy about it. Let's just do a little recap on what we have learned in this class. In this class, we have explored your handwriting, became mindful of how you write letters, how you like to write letters, and how you connect your letters. You have chosen a phrase or a quote that you liked and experimented out the best version, and then defined the placement and size of the letters. Then we looked at the composition more closely. We decided on the main shape that we fill with our letters. We find the sketch. Use your handwriting to build the shapes of the letters and then added some decorative elements. Then we painted the letters, a 3D and a shiny effect. Now you have a totally cool lettering and I'm so excited to see what you created. Make sure to post your project to the project gallery below by clicking on the "Create Project' button. I'm so excited to see what you create and to give you feedback. I invite you to see what others done in this class so that you can also give feedback to your fellow peers and support the community and to get some inspiration and motivation and also to see the creative solutions of others. That is pretty exciting. I also invite you to share your artwork on social media, but don't forget to tag me there. Also follow me on social media, on Instagram, and Facebook. Make sure to follow me here on Skillshare as well so that you get notified about the latest classes and challenges. Also, leave me a review. It is very important to me to know what you think about the class and for others to see if the class is a great fit for them. It was so exciting to have you in this class. I hope to see you in my other classes too, and I really love to see your progress, so make sure to keep posting your class projects. It was a pleasure to have you here and I wish you all the best and happy creating. 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