Top 10 Online Hand lettering tutorials on Skillshare

In collaboration with Skillshare, I will pick my Top 10 favorite courses on Skillshare that will help kickstart your lettering journey. These tutors are some of my favorite lettering artists in the community.

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#1 - Lettering for Designers: One Drop Cap Letterform at a Time

In this popular class, learn how to create beautiful letters and alphabets by starting with the simplest possible project: making a single letter! You'll join acclaimed letterer and illustrator Jessica Hische as she walks through her personal lettering process and share tips and tricks from throughout her stunning career, ranging from personal projects like "Daily Drop Cap" and "Should I Work For Free" to opening title sequences for Wes Anderson.


#2 - A Comprehensive Guide to Hand Lettering: Creating Graphic and Script Styles

Want to learn hand lettering? Join acclaimed designer Erik Marinvoch to learn a step-by-step process for crafting graphic, hand-lettered envelopes — and tons of lettering basics along the way!

Erik is a letterist and designer based in San Francisco, co-founder of Friends of Type, and co-founder of Title Case, a lettering and design studio with fellow letterer Jessica Hische. This class is inspired by his own personal side project Do Not Open, which mails uniquely hand-lettered oversized envelopes all over the world.


#3 - Drawing Custom Lettering: Concept to Final Vector and Beyond

Watch an in-depth process of how illustrator & designer Scott Biersack develops a custom lettered logotype. You’ll be guided through every single step of his process from concept to final vector and beyond. Learn all about the sketching process, utilzing your own hand-writing, do’s and don’ts of lettering, proper anchor point placement, and so much more.


#4 - Hand Lettering Essentials for Beginners

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. 


#5 - Digital Lettering: Designing 3D Type and Texture

Join designer and illustrator Jeff Rogers for a 70-minute class on designing dimensional type. In this fun and practical class, you'll dive into the essentials of working with typography in your digital illustration work — starting with selecting the right font, and then building it up with color, texture, and dimension.


#6 - Customizing Type with Draplin: Creating Wordmarks That Work

Join design icon Aaron Draplin as he shares tried and true techniques for customizing type – an essential skill for graphic designers of all levels. In this 90-minute class, you'll follow along as Draplin digs for antique typographic references and then creates several type treatments of his own to design merchandise for Portland, his beloved hometown.


#7 - Illustrated Lettering: Drawing Intricate Floral Forms

Love lettering, illustration, and the dramatic romance of flowers? Learn how to bring them all together in this stunning creative class with award-winning artist Gemma O'Brien! You'll create an intricate, illustrated letterform with Gemma's unique creative method: using real flowers for inspiration, sketching large letterforms, collaging digital imagery, and sketching and inking details for an incredible final effect.


#8 - Elegant Monogram Lettering: From Hand-Drawn Sketch to Digital Styling

Join lettering artist Kelly Thorn to design a monogram marrying the tactile, imperfect look of handiwork with the polish and refinement of a digital illustration!


#9 - Hand Lettering Fun Phrases: Illustrated Wordplay through Typography

One for you lefties!

For left-handed lettering artist and muralist RYLSEE, the best drawings can often come from everyday life. Ideas that are found right under our noses — heard while walking to work, in your favorite song, or even something that's trending online.


#10 - Hand Lettering to Refined Vector

In this class we will learn how to take our hand drawn lettering and perfectly refine it in vector with Adobe Illustrator. We will be covering three different vectorization methods. Each method uses a different Illustrator tool as well as a strategic and efficient process for constructing the lettering.


Happy Learning!

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