New Curated Art Classes: Hand lettering by Mary Kate McDevitt and Kelly Thorn

Mary Kate McDevitt
January is the perfect time to learn a new design skill. These curated Skillshare classes will help you get there!

The first artist we curated is Mary Kate McDevitt. She is a letterer and illustrator living and working in Philadelphia, PA. Mary Kate graduated from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration in 2007. Since graduating, Mary Kate has moved to Portland to Brooklyn and is happily back in Philadelphia. She has been working as a full time freelance letterer since 2010. She has worked for a number of great clients, including Nintendo, Sesame Street, Nike, O Magazine, Chronicle Books and CMYK Magazine and more. 


Hand Lettering Techniques: 5 Ways to Better Work

Does your lettering work feel off, but you can't put your finger on why?

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.

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.

Whether you're a letterer, designer, illustrator, or enthusiast, you'll gain a set of tools for self-critique to make your work better than ever.


Kelly Thorn

The second artist we curated is  Kelly Thorn, Letterer & Illustrator. Kelly specializes in design, illustrative lettering, and killing plants (though she loves to draw them). She's currently living in Brooklyn and working full-time as her own boss-lady. From June 2012–June 2015, Kelly worked as Senior Designer at Louise Fili Ltd. She's a 2012 graduate from Tyler School of Art, where she majored in Graphic and Interactive Design.

Join lettering artist Kelly Thorn to design a monogram marrying the tactile, imperfect look of handiwork with the polish and refinement of a digital illustration!

Perfect for graphic designers, lettering artists, and type enthusiasts, this 45-minute class shares how to seamlessly combine hand-done elements with vector drawings.

From researching and sketching, to painting by hand, to refining her work in Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, Kelly shares her own full process so that you can design a beautiful acronym or monogram word of your own.

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