About this class
I'm SO excited to have all of you join me (and each other!) as we start this creative journey! Three years ago, I decided to teach myself to be a lettering artist. I had no design degree or art school experience, so I had to do a ridiculous amount of research and learn everything the hard way. It wasn't easy, and I want to make your artistic journey easier by wrapping up everything you need to get started (and what I wish I had back then!) in this class. I'll teach you how letters are constructed, go through essential design principles, and help you turn words into works of art. Whether you're a complete beginner or just want to take your lettering skills from basic to so-much-better, this class will give you the tools to turn inspiration, mood and a lot of practice into something awesome.
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About Elizabeth Gray
Hi y’all! I’m Elizabeth Gray, better known around the internet as @thegraytergood. I am an artist/creative person with a focus on hand-drawn letters, or ‘hand-lettering’. I’m an introvert who isn’t afraid to admit that I struggle with ‘people-ing’, and when I started using art to express myself, I found that people all over the world were drawn to that kind of honesty. That humor and openness has become an integral part of my artistic voice, and I’ve created fun, custom lettering for big brands, small restaurants, special events, and everything in between. My style of work is usually characterized by the use of a monochromatic color palette and is always detailed, playful, and legible.
I've packed these ten lessons with everything I wish I had known when I started my own lettering journey.
It'll take about two hours to work through all of the class content, but you'll need to put in extra practice hours to refine what you've learned.
Go at your own pace! All lessons will be available when you purchase, so you can work through the class content on a schedule that works for you.
What you'll learn
- What exactly handlettering is and how to start practicing it
- Essential lettering skills and basic terminology to give you a strong foundation to build from
- Basic design principles and how to use them
- How serif, san serif, and script letters are built
- Common lettering mistakes and how to avoid them
- Using color and style to communicate a message
- The best ways to be inspired without copying someone else, and how to know when to stop looking for inspiration
- How to set the mood in a lettering piece and how to use it to further your message
- Composition, hierarchy, and how to build a lettering layout that makes sense
- The start to finish steps of my creative process + how to find your own flow
- How to take what you’ve learned to continue to grow creatively even after the class is over
Who is this Class For?
This class is for anyone who wants to take the next step with their lettering - from beginners who have never given it a try, to those of you who want help refining your letters, finding inspiration, incorporating mood, understanding design principles and more.
01 | Let's Get Started
We'll start by talking about what lettering is and what you'll learn in this class.
02 | Tools
Here's a few of my go-to tools to get started with lettering.
03 | Warm Ups + Worksheets
It's time to learn how letters are constructed.
04 | Let's Experiment
Now that you understand how letters are constructed, let's switch things up.
05 | Design Principles
Here are four principles that will help you break down why some designs work and some don't.
06 | Inspiration
Looking for inspiration cultivates constant learning - but you need to know when to stop.
07 | Mood
Reinforce the language and the message of your work by setting the right mood.
08 | Create a Layout
It's time to combine everything you've learned so far and create a layout for your lettering piece.
09 | The Creative Process
This is it - it's time to walk through the start to finish process of a lettering piece.
10 | You've Got This
You did it - and now it's time to get out there and see what you can do.