Class Project

Class Project - student project

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Even if you're already familiar with the basics of lettering, you'll find that warming up really helps reinforce + sharpen your skills. Before jumping into my project, I started with the technique sheets, brush calligraphy sheets, and creatively illustrating letterforms sheet. Move at your own pace and don't overthink this part—practice makes better :)


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Brainstorming and Research – I love this phase of the design process and I'm so surprised at how many people skip it entirely! If you need a little extra inspiration, you can check out my typography board on Pinterest.


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Thumbnail Sketching – don't stress over the details (like spelling . . . whoops) and don't skip over this step. Utilize this process to get a general idea of your composition using basic shapes and ornamentation. The point of thumbnail sketching is to brain dump all of your ideas onto one page.


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Designing Your Card – sketching + inking your final design can be tedious, frustrating, and time-consuming. You may find yourself disappointed at the results, but remember that everyone starts somewhere. I'm fairly certain that 99% of lettering artists weren't thrilled about their first compositions. Too many people throw in the towel after a short time because they aren't seeing the results they want. Please don't lose hope or give up. This is only the beginning. Keep drawing and sharing your work with the world—I promise something good will come of it!

Jess Renee
Illustrator & Hand Lettering Artist