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Design a Hand Lettered Font on Your iPad

Design a Hand Lettered Font on Your iPad

So many people have asked me how I create my fonts for my classes and Creative Market shop, so I decided to finally create a tutorial to show the full process! In this class you’ll learn all the steps to design a font on your 

Free 2020-2021 Dated Digital Planner

Free 2020-2021 Dated Digital Planner

I’m so excited to finally share with you my most extensive and customizable free digital planner yet!   To design the planner, I started by sending out a survey to find out what kinds of digital planner elements you all love. Then I combined all of 

Want to Help me Design my 2021 Free Planner?

Want to Help me Design my 2021 Free Planner?

I’m getting ready to design my 2021 dated planner that I’ll give away as a free download and would love your help! I want to know what kind of sections you like, what kind of layout you prefer, and a few other planner details so I can make a planner that (hopefully) many of you will love.

You can see my 2020 planner here for reference.

I’ll share the finished planner as a free download with everyone on my mailing list, so sign up for my list to get notified when it’s ready.

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Combining Lettering and Illustration in Procreate

Combining Lettering and Illustration in Procreate

In this class you’ll learn all the steps for combining lettering and illustration to create compositions that both tell a story and are visually interesting! When you watch the class you’ll get all of my lettering brushes, plus a workbook with lots of ideas for letter 

Apply to be my Marketing/Design Assistant

Apply to be my Marketing/Design Assistant

**This position has been filled. Thank you to everyone who applied!** I have been so fortunate to find more work than I can handle, and I truly need some help!  I’m looking for someone who could work about 6-10 hours per week starting out, and 

Illustrating with Layered Texture and Color in Procreate

Illustrating with Layered Texture and Color in Procreate

I absolutely love using layered texture in my work to create varied illustrations with lots of grit and depth. So I decided to create a class to show all of my favorite texture methods!

In the class, you’ll learn how to use layered texture and color to add depth and visual interest to your illustrations.  We’ll look at how to create overall textures, how to use texture to create highlights and shading, and how to use single and multi colored texture to bring out warm and cool tones in your illustrations.

When you watch this class you get all of the texture brushes I created that will help you add multi-dimensional texture to your work.  The set includes 12 different textures that range from bold scratches and scrapes to subtle water spots and speckles. 

In the class, we’ll look at a lot of different ways to layer texture on illustrations, so you can find a texture process that works for your personal style.  I’ll also share loads of ideas for illustration topics and reference images with you, so you don’t have to start from scratch.

First we’ll create a simple fruit illustration and look at how to use texture to add highlights and shadow to shapes. 

Next we’ll use a multicolored texture process to bring out warm and cool tones in your drawings. We’ll look at ways to use colored textures to take a flat illustration and give it beautiful highlights, shadows, and variation.

Next we’ll combine all of the texture processes we covered in the class to create a detailed multi-layered illustration.  

Throughout the class you’ll see how simple flat shapes can easily be turned into varied illustrations with depth and contrast with just a few swipes of a texture brush!

All you need to take this class is your iPad and a stylus.  I’ll be using the Apple Pencil, but you could use any stylus, or even your finger.

Not ready to watch it now? Hover on the image below to pin it for later.

What Are Vectors and Do You Need to Use Them?

What Are Vectors and Do You Need to Use Them?

If you just started drawing and designing on your iPad, you may have heard that you need to “vectorize” your drawings or that you need to learn how to use vectors to be a professional designer. In this post I want to dispel some of 

Design a Pattern Collection on Your iPad

Design a Pattern Collection on Your iPad

In this class, you’ll learn how to design a pattern collection on your iPad.  I’ll show you options for making your repeat elements in both Procreate and Affinity designer, so you can choose which option works best for you! When you watch this class, you’ll 

3 Ways to Improve Your iPad Lettering + A Free 70s Lettering Practice Sheet

3 Ways to Improve Your iPad Lettering + A Free 70s Lettering Practice Sheet

Hand lettering is one of the most important skills that artists and designers in the digital age can learn. While, of course, we can easily type out letters with a font, a lot of companies and buyers prefer the handmade look of hand lettering. It seems that as creating digital letters gets easier and cheaper, hand drawn letters gain more and more value in the design world!

That being said, hand lettering isn’t easy for beginners. There are a lot of tips and tricks to learn (and a lot of mistakes to be made along the way). I want to share my top 3 tips for improving your hand lettering, so that if you’re just starting out on your lettering journey, you can start identifying your weaknesses and working to fix them!

I share all of my lettering tips in my book on iPad Lettering in Procreate, so if you like these tips and want to learn more, check out the book:

Tip #1: Check Your Spacing

A common, and easy to make, mistake in hand lettering is inconsistent spacing. When you first start lettering, it’s challenging to space your letters correctly on the first try, so using the freehand selection tool in Procreate to adjust your spacing is a must! Here is a tip to check your spacing (this works on both script and print lettering):

1) Create a new layer and draw a little box that is the size of the space you want to use (it should be about half the size of a letter like o).

2) Duplicate that layer multiple times and place each one in between the letters. You can see in the examples blow how inconsistent the second example is compared to the first!

Tip #2: Choose Your Parent Shapes, and Stick With Them

“Parent shapes” are the shapes that make up an alphabet. There are only five of them, which makes deciding how to form your letters as easy as choosing five shapes! Whether you are lettering one short word, or a whole paragraph, your parent shapes should match up.

Parent shapes come in all shapes and sizes, so don’t feel like you have to use the exact shapes I’ve used below. For example, o-shapes can be wide and rounded, skinny and angled, or sharp ovals.

Note: Not all alphabets adhere perfectly to this chart, so think of these as general guidelines rather than hard and fast rules.

When parent shapes don’t match up, the viewer can see that the letters don’t look quite right, but they may not know why. Here’s an easy way to check your parent shapes:

1) Draw one parent shape (like the o for example) on a new layer in a bright color.

2) Duplicate the shape multiple times, and place each one on the corresponding shape for each letter (use the chart above for reference). If you do this process and some of your o-shaped letters are too small, too big, or angled in a different way, then adjust them to match up to your original parent shape.

3) Repeat the process with each parent shape until your words are consistent.

Tip #3: Study Vintage Letter Styles

The best way to learn new letter styles and improve your lettering is to practice, practice, practice (did I mention practice?). There are so many gorgeous scripts in the creative commons (aka over 100 years old and without an active copyright) to learn from and translate into modern styles.

I want to share one of my current favorites, a 70s inspired script I created, as a free practice sheet below. Here’s the composition I’ll be creating with this script:

Here’s how to use the practice sheet:

1) Open the practice sheet in Procreate and make all layers except the Skeleton Stroke and Guides invisible so you can easily see the stroke.

Click on the button above, then choose Procreate as the app to open the file.

2) Re-raw the skeleton stroke on the line below each letter.

3) Add the thickener stroke to your letters.

4) Once you feel comfortable with the letter forms, it’s time to create a lettering composition! Create a rough sketch of the words you want to letter on a new canvas. You can start with a single word (beginners, do this!), or multiple words. You can even include some block or serif lettering to compliment the script.

5) Pull up the practice sheet in split screen and use the practice sheet to draw your Skeleton Stroke for each letter.

6) Add in the Thickener Stroke (in gold) using the practice sheet as a guide.

7) Ink your letters (in black, so you can easily see any errors).

8) Add color, texture, and illustrations, or whatever fits your personal style!

Click on the button above, then choose Procreate as the app to open the file.

I share lots of tips like these in my new book on iPad lettering and my new class on 70s Lettering in Procreate. Check them out to dive deeper into hand lettering!

70s Lettering in Procreate

70s Lettering in Procreate

70s style is back! I’ve been seeing 70s colors, designs, and lettering all over the design world lately, so I knew it was time to dive into this style to figure out what elements make it unique and eye catching. In my newest class you’ll