Hand-lettering|Skillshare

I’ve become increasingly more interested in graphic design and typography in the past few years. So, when I saw a hand-lettering class on Skillshare, I thought “Why not start with the basics?”

For the class you have to pick a quote or a phrase that means something to you, and I had to go with “You Are My Sunshine.” It’s a song my mum used to sing to me when I was little, and it’s remained close to my heart. (There’s another phrase also love, but I have to save something for the calligraphy class I’m taking down the road!)

I thought the teacher (Mary Kate McDevitt) for this class was really good. She did a excellent job of explaining each part of the class from the tools we needed to complete our projects to ways to get our creative juices flowing.

I started off with brainstorming words related to by phrase and picking a few fonts…

Words and Font possibilities.
Words and Font possibilities.

You can Google fonts you like, and also get ideas from books.

Font example.
Font example.
This is an excellent book filled with Hand lettering examples.
This is an excellent book filled with Lettering examples.

Once I decided on the fonts I wanted to use, it was time to start sketching my project. You can start off sketching on tracing paper if you want to go with multiple variations of the same phrase.

All sketched in pencil. Now it's time to ink it!
All sketched in pencil. Now it’s time to ink it!
All Inked... Now to make final decision. Is it going to be a sun or a sunflower?
All Inked… Now to make final decision. Is it going to be a sun or a sunflower?
All most done with the splash of yellow!  I used Faber Castell Mango Artist Pen 'Dark Naples Ochre'
All most done with the splash of yellow! I used Faber Castell Manga Artist Pen ‘Dark Naples Ochre’
Now just have finish the middle of the sunflower!
Now just have finish the middle of the sunflower!
All done!
All done!

Well, that’s my first hand-lettering project. If you’re interested in taking a class in hand-lettering, I definitely recommend this one. You can learn more about it here, and sign up.

~theavidpen

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  • Reply meljoy13 September 13, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    What a beautiful skill to learn! You’re always growing and always venturing into new things. You’re an inspiration!

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