Anonymous asked: Hi, I am considering your class. I am, however, really, just a mom of 3, and a pharmacist the rest of the time. I'm nervous that's its more for artsy people with talent. I love wood type, and mess around with lettering on chalkboards for fun, and would like to learn how to do so in a more systematic fashion. Would you class be useful or way over my head? -mjm
The class is geared towards beginners, and I slowly go through my process offering tips along the way. As long as you have an interest in lettering, I think you will find the class helpful and fun. There are lots of beginners signed up so you can post questions on the class feed, get feedback from other students and get plenty of support throughout the process. You can use this link for a good discount! Hope to see you there!
My #skillshare class starts this week! I’m psyched to see everyone’s project. Still plenty of time to sign up, use discount code DRAW for 20% off
Enroll today! http://skl.sh/17X1ZHN
Also from the “Power of Women” issue. We had to come up with an illustration to kick off a story about the challenges women face in the film industry, and thought this quote by “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke was pretty great. Mary Kate McDevitt made it super great.
Lettering I did for Variety Magazine
Anonymous asked: I'm a recent design graduate but I feel like I can't design at all. My layouts always look like they're wrong and I'm always experiencing mental blocks after having my designs rejected multiple times by the creative director. I left my 1st job after what might seem like a really short 9 weeks to others (but it was ridiculously long to me). However I now exp moments of panic when I try to apply for new design jobs. I'm not that good at design, but if I don't do that, I don't know what else to do
The design world can certainly be intimidating after you graduate. I had a similar experience when I entered my first job as a designer. I was making all these fun projects in art school then when I started working at a design studio I felt pretty lost working on catalogs and eblasts. When I left that job, I decided to just go freelance. I didn’t want to go through another design job I knew I wouldn’t be good at.
I believe I have some advice that might be helpful.
Don’t focus on these rejected designs and not being happy at this particular studio. Instead, focus on what made you get into design in the first place. Look at your favorite designers, watch these amazing videos by James Victore and get psyched. We all lose steam time to time, focus on what energizes you and you’ll get back into it.
During this hiatus, start a project that means something to you. Design something for your friends band or business, design your own poster, do the dream project that you didn’t do at school, just make something. The best way out of a mental block is to just ignore it and make it.
This is the perfect opportunity to find your voice as a designer. Working at a design studio isn’t for everyone. You might find you like working for yourself. Find a day job doing something that will pay the bills, and focus on your design work at night.
Good luck out there!
Anonymous asked: I live in LOS ANGELES, CA, So I am looking for local Modern Hand-Lettering courses or online. When will your course be available? Is this an online course? thanks:-) Anastasia
Hi there! My skillshare class is all online and is self-paced. So you can watch the videos and take part in the class whenever you want. You can sign up here!