If you're interested in learning my process, I have several classes available on Skillshare, an online learning community. Use this link to get 2 free months of membership on Skillshare. If you're local to Philadelphia, I also sometimes host workshops at my studio Okay Fine. If you're interested in inviting me to teach a workshop near you, email me I'd love to host a workshop in your area!
2-Day Workshop in Memphis
Join Mary Kate with this Skill Camp workshop series consists of a two-day dive into her process of lettering. The goal of this session is to create a final lettering piece completely by hand using analog materials. Day 1 starts off covering the fundamentals of lettering and layout and ends with concept development, warmup exercises, creating thumbnails and beginning to sketch your lettering piece. Day 2 is focused on revising and finessing your sketch and adding color and texture, color final lettering piece. We will end our time together with a show and tell of student work, and any Q&A including real time examples from Mary Kate's body of work.
Workshop materials provided.
First Steps of Hand Lettering
Learn the basics of hand lettering with the popular online workshop that's inspired more than 50,000 Skillshare students! Lettering artist Mary Kate McDevitt covers everything beginners need to draw, ink, and transform handwriting into artful drawings.
Researching and Brainstorming
Sketching for Lettering
Styles for Lettering
Inking and Finalizing
The introductory class is filled with links, resources, and project guides to support you along the way. Plus, the class student project gallery is filled with tons of guidance, examples, and tips for guiding your own lettering project.
Final Steps of Hand Lettering
Join lettering artist Mary Kate McDevitt as she shares her step-by-step process for creating a final hand lettered piece of art. This class focuses on digitizing your drawings, adding color, and creating texture. The result are breathtaking lettering illustrations with final, professional polish!
Even if you're already a skilled letterer, you will learn new tips on what to avoid when adding color and texture, and how to make a clean final file that is ready to share with friends online or send to a printer.
Lettering Improvement Techniques
Mary Kate McDevitt has been lettering and illustrating for years, constantly refining and improving her work. Over the years, she's learned to critique her own lettering, noticing common mistakes and how to fix them. In this comprehensive 55-minute class, Mary Kate will share her tips to critique your own work and solve students' most common lettering missteps, including:
Style Mismatched to Concept
In bite-sized lessons, you'll follow Mary Kate through creating a lettering piece from start to finish, considering the 5 flags for self critique as you go. She will point out examples, common issues, and fixes along the way. You'll also watch Mary Kate critique and improve an old piece, providing opportunities to improve your eye.
Vintage Lettering: Styling Phrases for Timeless Appeal
Join Skillshare teacher Mary Kate McDevitt as she explores vintage inspirations in this 30-minute, project-based class. As you watch her step-by-step process for redesigning a vintage package, you'll learn the crucial skill of how to interpret reference material without copying, while also practicing own concepting, sketching, lettering, and layout skills.
applying vintage style lettering
Along the way, Mary Kate shares tactics for flourishes, tips for achieving a vintage look, and useful questions to guide your own packaging project. By the end, you'll have a beautiful, hand-lettered piece to transform a soap or chocolate label, embellish a brand identity, or share with a loved one.
Lettering with Illustration
Join Mary Kate McDevitt as she brings lettering to life with illustration. This 35-minute class explores using concepts to drive the style of your lettering and finding inspiration in reference materials. Focused on sketching, you’ll explore 3 different approaches
Illustrations alongside typography
letters taking the form of objects
subtle motifs throughout letterforms
By the end, you’ll create your own hand-lettered illustration inspired by your favorite animal. This class and project is perfect for beginners seeking a fun project as well as intermediate and advanced students looking to deep-dive into a sketching challenge.