I recently created a new class on Skillshare, “How to Digitize Your Hand Lettering in Illustrator”
Really excited to release this course! There are a few more courses I’m working on finishing and one hopefully that will be done before the end of this month!
If you’ve ever wanted to either digitize a sketch or hand lettering work, I can show you the simple process of creating vector artwork with your drawings. I guide you through a step by step process from hand lettered sketch to digitizing the sketch in Adobe illustrator to final artwork. Check it out on Skillshare with this free 2 month subscription!
I recently made a video tutorial on YouTube on creating hand lettered gifs. There’s a lot of ways to create animated gifs. This is just one way I create animated gifs, I’m also always still exploring other methods. This is a very simple and easy way to get started especially if you want to animate text. I’m completely obsessed with creating gifs of all types because they are catchy and very popular right now! This is the hand lettering I started out with below.
I then brought in the vector file into Photoshop, duplicated the layer four times, and added a color overlay to each layer with different colors. I set up the file as 800px by 800px square format for uploading on Instagram since that’s where I typically upload most of my work. If it’s going on a banner for a website, I would figure out the size first before you set up the Photoshop file to animate the artwork. Check out my tutorial below and let me know if you have any questions!
I’ve been trying to blog more and in an effort to document more of my process, a few people have been asking. So here’s a little project I was working on in the last week, I wanted to post my process video and give you guys some insight on some of the tools I’ve been using for hand lettering.
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I have quite a few different ways of creating hand lettered work. The first way that I’ve been using for the last year is starting a pencil sketch in a sketchbook. The other way is that I’ve recently purchased an iPad Pro and Apple pencil and have been creating a lot of digital hand lettering. But unless you feel comfortable working in digital, I suggest you practice the old fashioned way. So for this example I started off with a sketch in my Adobe Moleskine Sketchbook, this is a special notebook that you can draw in and there’s a free moleksine adobe cc app that you can download from the app store, links below here:
The first thing I did was sketch out what I wanted in pencil using a col-erase prisma color pencil in Tuscan Red. The wax from the pencil helps the drawing to stay in tact and not to smudge like regular graphite pencils, you can also use a light blue color. Finding inspiration online is something that I do first to get an idea of how I want to compose the drawing and then I just start sketching, modifying as I go and adjusting elements so that I have the right amount of balance in the composition. The sketch for me takes anywhere from 10-25 minutes and its important to not get too caught up in the details as you will refine the details when you start inking.
Then I used a Tombow fudenosuke brush pen to get the effect that I want, adjusting different line widths in different areas. As soon as a I am done inking I open the moleskine cc app on my phone and take a photo with the app, it then gets converted in an SVG file format (Scalable Vector Graphic) and then it gets uploaded onto the creative cloud. You can then open it onto your creative cloud files and then you can download it onto your desktop. I would suggest downloading the file as a JPEG. The reason for this is that when you open it onto Adobe illustrator, you can auto trace the image and it traces much better than downloading an SVG file and opening it onto illustrator. From there you can clean up the vector graphic as you please. Hope this gave some insight! For any questions please feel free to reach out!
This is an appropriate quote that I’ve been thinking about lately, sometimes you have to get lost to find your self again. Too much routine and repetition in your everyday world can lead to boredom! I’ve been having a lot of free time in the last month creating a bunch of work and trying new things to revive my creativity. As artists and creative people we feel a certain restlessness and we have this passion to want to keep creating new things everyday because that in itself is an adventure. Creating new art is an adventure, you never know where its going to lead you. Ces’t La Vie.
I’m very honored to be asked and invited to teach a hand-lettering workshop for Redbubble’s 10th Birthday anniversary that happened on February 1st. I am super blessed to share my talents with the awesome folks at the Redbubble office in San Francisco. They celebrated their 10th birthday party at the Archery in the mission on Alabama street, which is a great co-working space for creatives. For those of you who don’t know about Redbubble, it is an online community of artist shops all around the world selling their art onto print on demand products. Check it out online, I have a growing shop– view my shop profile here. Redbubble is a great place to find all kinds of original and unique art printed onto bags, leggings, home goods, cases, laptop cases, art prints, and many more!
My hand lettering process is simple, I use a black pentel pocket brush pen that you can purchase at an art store locally or on amazon. For paper, I use a moleskine sketchbook or you can get a ream of smooth bristol paper for a more finished and final look. Step by step process coming soon in another post! For now check out more of my work on Instagram– www.instagram.com/dreamwalker37
Pictured here with Barbara Ignatiev, who is also a very talented watercolor artist– she also taught a workshop at the event, find her work online here.
Hi, I’m Diane
I am a hand lettering artist and digital tie-dye pattern maker! I also create digital tie-dye Photoshop brushes!