Is hand lettering something you've always wanted to do, but have no idea where to start?
If so, no worries. I've got you covered. I found 7 hand lettering classes on Skillshare that are tailored to beginners that go in-depth into the process of hand lettering down below for you. And some are a bit more advanced, but you can go through the ones for beginners first.
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7 Hand lettering Classes
For Beginners + Advanced
1. Hand Lettering Essentials for Beginners
Time: 1 hour 57 minutes | 12 videos
Mary Kate McDevitt is one of my favorite hand letterers! I just love her work, and I have two of her books, so I can definitely say with confidence that she's the real deal and she's going to help you through this hand lettering mojo and make you wonder why you didn't start sooner. Seriously though, when we want to do something, we just have to start. Starting is the first step, and you can figure out the rest after.
Over 45k people have taken the course, so you're in good hands.
In this class, you'll learn: researching and brainstorming, sketching for lettering, styles for lettering, inking and finalizing. Like I said, you'll be a pro in no time.
2. Introduction to Modern Script Calligraphy
Time: 1 hour 47 minutes | 17 videos
Swoooon over this. I've never done modern script calligraphy, so I'm personally intrigued.
Along with the course, you'll also get 7 Skillshare-exclusive practice pages (what!!) along with a guide for straight lines and countless inspiration photos. I mean - what else could you possibly need or want?
"By the end, you'll write a meaningful name, quotation, or passage in a simple calligraphy script. This enjoyable project is a perfect way to spend time with words you love, grow your calligraphy skills, and practice making artistic decisions in pursuit of beautiful handwriting." - class taught by Bryn Chernoff, calligrapher and studio owner of Paperfinger
3. The Golden Secrets of Hand-Lettering: Create the Perfect Postcard
Time: 1 hour 48 minutes | 15 videos
As a semi-obsessed postcard collector, this class makes my heart sing.
If I had more time and energy, I'd be making some kickass hand lettered postcards right now, because who doesn't need more postcards on their wall? But seriously, how can people visit a new city and not get a postcard while they're there? (And by "a postcard", I mean like 20 postcards...)
This would make a nice Christmas card though, and now is the perfect time to start learning! After all, there is no better time than the present.
4. The Write On Technique: Hand Lettering In Motion
Time: 1 hour 52 minutes | 15 videos
Okay, so maybe this is a bit of a more advanced class... but... you gotta admit it's a pretty cool class. Adding this one to my own personal list, because I mean... you could do some many cool things with this!!
"Part of my Hand Lettering In Motion series, this course will teach you how to bring your hand lettering from Photoshop or Illustrator to After Effects. Then we'll explore many different ways of using the Write On technique to bring your lettering to life. You'd be surprised at how many differnt way you can use this technique! And it can be applied to any text, not just hand lettering." - class taught by Jake Bartlett, motion designer
5. Paper to Digital: Create Your Own Hand Drawn Font
Time: 55 minutes | 10 videos
Okay, so... I guess this post isn't just for beginners anymore (sorry, I tried).
But if you're interested in creating your own font, here's your chance!
"This course was created with designers in mind. But even if you aren't a Photoshop or Illustrator expert, you will be able to follow along and learn all of my tricks. No matter what - the main purpose is to inspire you to create your own font and make it your own!" - class taught by Jenn Coyle of Hello Brio Studio
6. A Comprehensive Guide to Hand Lettering: Creating Graphic and Script Styles
Time: 1 hour 53 minutes | 15 videos
I wanted to include this one in, because his style is a bit different than the other videos earlier.
"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! This class covers nearly 2 hours of lesson material (!) broken into bite-sized lesson. You'll explore: real-world reference material, taking inspiration from street signs; materials and tools of the trade; lettering stroke basics; two lettering styles: condensed sans serif and casual script [...]" - class taught by Erik Marinovich, co-founder of Friends of Type
7. Intro to iPad Lettering
Time: 1 hour 19 minutes | 15 videos
iPad lettering is soooo popular on Instagram nowadays, so if you want to join in on the fun, this course is for you!
"If you love lettering and you’re on Instagram, there’s a high probability you’ve seen more and more lettering created on an iPad lately. With the Apple Pencil becoming available, accurate stylus-to-digital lettering has never been more achievable and accessible. iPad drawing programs like Adobe Sketch and Procreate make for a dream environment where every brush or writing utensil is at your disposal. With so many options, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin." - class taught by Teela Cunningham of Every Tuesday
Okay, so 2 classes ended up being intermediate / advanced (oops!), but for the most part, this list is for beginners!
Whenever you are in the process, I find that there's also something to learn. Always room for improvement, as they say.
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