10 Lettering Classes to Take Your Skills to the Next Level. I hand-picked ten Skillshare Lettering classes that will help you develop your style and skills!
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10 Lettering Classes to Take Your Skills to the Next Level
As I mentioned in a prior post, with over 17,000 classes to choose from, it can be hard to narrow it down. I love that the Skillshare platform lets me save my favorite classes so I can take them as time allows. Here are the ten classes I ultimately decided on for this month. Each class was picked due to its excellent quality and because I believe it is perfect for intermediate level letterers who want to take their skills and style to the next level.
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Here are the Ten Lettering Classes I Hand-Picked…
I took every single one of these class over the past month, so I could share my thoughts with you by the time this post went live on the blog!
The classes are listed in order of length, from shortest to longest.
- Hand Lettering for Chalk Murals by Lauren Hom (9 videos, 38 minutes) – Lauren is one of my favorite lettering artists, and she’s great on camera. In this class, she shares great tips on finding inspiration for your piece, determining a layout, placing guidelines, an awesome “hack” for drawing the letter “S,” and tips for taking basic designs to the next level.
- Bounce Letters: Adding Character to your Hand Lettering by Teela Cunningham (6 videos, 38 minutes) – A lot of readers tell me they struggle with how to get a great bouncy look. In this class, Teela walks you through how to add bounce, the best lettering combos, where to add bounce, as well as what is too little or too much bounce. Teela takes you through some easy exercises to practice and develop muscle memory. You’ll be able to begin adding bounce to your lettering style by the end of the class!
- Lettering for Brands: Working with Clients to Create Iconic Designs by Louise Fili (8 videos, 50 minutes) – Louise Fili is to the lettering world what Michael Jordan is to the basketball world: A Legend. And who passes up the opportunity to learn from a legend? Certainly not me!
- Hand Lettering Styles and Techniques for Embellishment by Spencer Charles (14 videos, 1h 2min) – This class is taught exclusively in Adobe Illustrator, my favorite program! You will be taking a single word and illustrating it in a variety of styles digitally using the pen tool and Spencer’s tips. I especially loved the bonus time-lapse video showing his full process for creating the classes title card. It’s awesome to watch him work!
- Hand Lettering in Motion by Jake Bartlett (11 videos, 1 h 5 min) – This was a class I was super excited to take. It’s just plain cool!!! Since I already have the Adobe Creative Cloud, it was easy to sign into my account and download Adobe After Effects, so I can make my own lettering in motion videos and GIFs. Keep an eye out for some Hand Lettering in Motion of my own coming on my social media soon.
- Hand Lettering: Adding Flair and Embellishments by Peggy Dean (12 videos, 1 h 7 min) – Peggy’s classes are always on my list. She’s got a wonderfully approachable teaching style, and her skills are undeniable!
- Vintage Hand-Lettering: Styling Phrases for Timeless Appeal by Mary Kate McDevitt (12 videos, 1 h 24 minutes) – Mary Kate does a fabulous job of taking you through her step-by-step process for redesigning a vintage package. She teaches you how to interpret reference material (without copying!) and then how to turn that inspiration into your concepts. Mary Kate covers several types of sketching and talks about her process for lettering, coloring, and shares tips on planning your layout. I loved the slower, real-time pace of this class!
- A Comprehensive Guide to Hand Lettering: Creating Graphic and Script Styles by Erik Marinovich (15 videos, 1 h 53 min) – This class was fantastic and not only because I think Erik’s work is crazy cool. He walks us through a whole day. How he walks around town to find inspiration, his process from sketch to layout to final, and you create a step-by-step project together to learn new skills yourself.
- Brushpen Logo Design: Develop Your Signature Style by Matt Vergotis (15 videos, 2 h 9 min) – One of the big reasons I picked Matt’s class is that he’s a fellow lefty and I think it helps us lefties see other lefties in action!
- Hand Lettering: Add Digital Color and Texture for Final Polish by Mary Kate McDevitt (17 videos, 4 h 10 min) – I just adore her style, so two of her classes ended up on my list. This one is longer so this is the one class I’m still working my way through, but it’s definitely worth the longer class time to learn from someone like Mary Kate McDevitt!
Four Reasons I Love Online Classes
If you missed my first post with Skillshare, be sure to check it out here. I talked all about why I love taking online classes and my five picks for getting started with Skillshare classes.
During the month in which I did that post, I did the trial just like many of my readers, and after taking these five class, I opted to pay for the Premium Membership to Skillshare. If you pay annually, it breaks down to around $8 a month. Since I typically spend $30-300 per each online class I take, this is a crazy good deal, especially with as many amazing classes as Skillshare offers!
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Noteworthy: I love that I can download Skillshare Classes (via the Skillshare App) and watch them on the go without WiFi! I shared this pic on my Instagram stories the night before we left for Amsterdam a few weeks ago. The road trip passed by so fast while I was watching classes!
I hope you found this “10 Lettering Classes to Take Your Skills to the Next Level” post very helpful for growing your lettering skills. I had so much fun taking all the classes. You’ll definitely see my skills improving due to what I’ve learned.
Never stop learning, my creative friends! I build the time to watch online classes into my planner just like any other appointment. I encourage you to do the same!