How to Draw Fantastic Letters by Hand in 4 Simple Steps

By on May 24, 2016 in Tutorials
How to Draw Fantastic Letters by Hand in 4 Simple Steps

We're teaming up with Skillshare to bring you some fantastic premium design tutorials. In this post, you'll see an excerpt from Mary Kate McDevitt's Skillshare class on hand lettering. Mary will walk you through four simple steps to creating beautifully complex letters. They're so easy, you'll be sketching great letters in no time.

Mary finishes up the rest of the video by discussing how to know where to put the thicks/thins for more dynamic letters. I always get this confused and this video helped me a ton!


This is just a small sample of Mary's awesome full course on lettering. Head over to Skillshare to view the other videos.

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  1. creativenauts

    Is there anyway to get better at hand lettering? I really suck at drawing and my handwriting is very much like chicken scratch :*(

  2. medmond77

    I agree @Jenn Palandro. I love SS on the whole. @Derek Stevenson, I am no expert but I went to Michaels and picked up some of the Copic Brush pens and practice whenever I can. I keep a pad on the kitchen counter to doodle on when I'm cooking!

  3. hellobrio

    @Derek - Creativenauts just practice every day! start by mimicking work you admire and you'll get better at the technical aspects and eventually will develop your own style. my hand writing is awful too, but i letter.

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