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So you're in Procreate and you want to make your own color palette. Or even easier, you want to import a color palette from a cool site like design-seeds.com. To summarize, you'll import your design-seeds palette, then use the eyedropper tool to create a palette. Here are those instructions in-depth if you need more help.
I've been working on this for a while, and now I'm happy to report that my ebook, Getting Started with Brush Lettering, is now available via print!
It's super easy and so fun to create your own coloring book page! I just launched this course on Skillshare: make sure to check it out and enroll in my newest Skillshare class. This can be whatever you want it to be. For my coloring book page, I started by hand lettering my newborn son's name with block lettering. All I used to do this was a Sharpie marker and printer paper. Then I began to add illustrative and doodle-y details with the sharpie. Next up is digitizing, vectorizing, printing, and finally coloring!
There are so many things you can do with watercolor backgrounds: hand letter on top of them, cut them out and make some mixed media art, digitize them and use them as watercolor textures, and more. In this video I'll show you a few methods to create easy watercolor backgrounds for your projects, using simple tools that you may already have lying around your house.
300DPI? 72DPI? JPEG? PNG? CMYK? RGB? Inches? Pixels? The possibilities are overwhelming. I've gotten a lot of questions on best practices for creating and saving digital and print files for graphic design. If you're not sure how to save your files for print or digital, this post is for you!
There are lots of happy accidents when it comes to creative work! I'm not sure how I did this, but one day I had my inking Pentel Aquash water brushes out and I also had watercolor out, and I decided to dip the tip of my ink brush into the watercolor. I loved the results and wanted to share with you how I achieve this effect!
Welcome to the second part of my brush pen demo! These pens are less traditional; not all of them were made for brush calligraphy. In fact, most of them are used for illustration, watercolor, or crafts. However, they make up some of my favorite pens to use all the time!
In today's post and video, I'll demonstrate 9 pens that are more traditional, meaning they were specifically made for brush lettering. Most of these pens only come in black ink, and they range in size from super fine to fine.
In this video tutorial I'll show you a quick tip on how to center your brush calligraphy on your paper. While you can certainly bring your work into your computer and edit it later, sometimes it's nice to get it all done properly in one sitting (especially if you have to—for a commissioned piece or something you want to hang immediately).
In today's post and video I'll show you how to draw joins and letter pairs with brush calligraphy and brush lettering. In previous posts I've talked about basic strokes and drawing individual letters, but now it's time to learn how to join these letters together so you can create beautiful seamless brush calligraphy.
Brush lettering and brush calligraphy is popular these days. Whether you're a beginner or just looking to improve your craft, here are 9 ways to improve your brush calligraphy. Sometimes even more seasoned brush lettering artists need to go back to basics in order to check in with themselves!
In this week's post and video, I'll show you exactly how I use the Pentel Water Brushes with my watercolor palette. Read the full post for a list of tips for working with these Aquash brushes.
Learn how to make your own watercolor travel palette using a very inexpensive pill case. Watch the video to learn how I made my watercolor travel palette, what colors I used, and also to see it in action!
In this beginner brush lettering post, I will show you how to create each letter of the alphabet based on basic calligraphic strokes. Follow along with the detailed video demonstrations.
In this post, I'll walk you through how to get started with brush lettering. This post includes a video tutorial to help you learn the 8 basic strokes needed to create brush calligraphy letters. These basic strokes are fantastic to learn now, so you can practice them with lettering drills and help to perfect your brushed letters.
Want to learn, develop, and practice brush lettering? Here's a video showing you how to do just that, while using the free cursive handwriting worksheets I shared last week. You can easily start to develop your style by learning 5 new cursive styles, applying brush lettering techniques, and practicing until these letters become committed to your memory.
Cursive is a funny animal. While most schools aren't even teaching cursive anymore, hand letterers are scrambling to learn different styles in order to practice calligraphy and also help find their signature style.
If watercolor is part of your brand’s aesthetic, it’s important you learn how to use watercolor in a digital form so you can continue to make branded graphics without having to hire a designer. This will save you time, money, and will add another tool to your creative entrepreneur toolbelt!
Learn more about my new Skillshare class, Watercolor Meets Surface Pattern Design. In the class, I walk you through creating motifs on paper and digitizing them. Then, we work to create seamless repeating patterns using the vectorized watercolor motifs. The class stresses the choice of unique, not-your-average motifs—make this class your own and have fun with it!
Learn how to create digital drawings easily with Paper by FiftyThree app using the transparent background feature. Add handwriting and doodles on top of images using Photoshop and PNG exports.
You love the idea of hand lettering and calligraphy. Maybe you want to include your handwriting on some of your blog graphics, or maybe you just want to be able to send a handwritten thank you note that looks like it was written by an adult. But your handwriting is less-than-pleasing looking. In fact, it may be downright atrocious. Here are practical tips for how to improve your handwriting.
Color palette inspiration can come from anywhere. A lot of times, beautiful, harmoniously-colored photography is a great place to start. In this tutorial, I walk you through the best and most fool-proof way to develop and build a beautiful color palette from a photograph using Illustrator and the crystallize tool.
Adding “confetti” to your artwork is a great way to add depth, dimension, and interest. It's easy to create your own confetti in Illustrator. Follow my tutorial to create your own digital confetti by creating a custom scatter brush in Illustrator.
In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how thinking critically about your letterforms is a great way to save time, while simultaneously making your uppercase font feel more cohesive.
In this tutorial, I'll walk you through how to make a personalized watercolor blog header from start to finish. This particular tutorial features hand lettering too, but feel free to mix and match the sections of the tutorial so you're working with mediums and styles you're comfortable with.
Here are some tools I use to make my life easier for my illustration process and showcasing my work.
BIG NEWS GUYS - I'm pumped about this one. A bit ago, Skillshare reached out and asked if I could teach a class on their platform. What? Mind blown! So I said yes, and my class on how to Create your Own Hand Drawn Font is live!
Have you always wanted to learn how to make your own font? Creating a font is easier than you think. You can learn how to create a font by reading this post. I'll walk you through how to use Glyphs and Illustrator to make your own hand-drawn font that you can use for personal use or to sell for profit!
I've shown you a lot of ways to digitize hand lettering, but most of these involved Photoshop, Illustrator, or a combination of the two. Here’s how to digitize your art and lettering without an Adobe program.
In this post, I'll teach you my favorite way of digitizing my doodles and lettering by using Image Trace in Illustrator. It's a great way to capture the quirkiness that comes inherently with hand lettering while still allowing it to be scaled up to any size without losing image quality, since your result is vectorized art.