I recently complete a series of hand lettered quotes said by some very lovable muppets for Sesame Street. You can see the rest of the series on my site.
Anonymous asked: Hi Mary Kate- I REALLY admire your artwork! Do any of your designs originate in Illustrator, or do you sketch all of them with pen and paper first? Sometimes, I use a tablet to do my own lettering, and other times I break letters apart and play with anchor points-- quite honestly, that is where some of my best ideas come from. ...How do you approach a new project? Thanks!
Thank you! I always start with a pencil on paper first. I finalize the drawing with pen and paper, scan it in and bring it into illustrator to add color but I don’t draw on the computer. But it really just depends on where you feel most comfortable. When I draw letters on the computer, it’s the equivalent of drawing stick figures. When I’m starting a new project, I do some research and I just start drawing out ideas. I will doodle letters and a bunch of un-finished drawings that just get the basic ideas out. Then I sketch it out.
Anonymous asked: Hi Mary Kate! You're work is such an inspiration to me. I would love to get your opinion on your favorite inking pens. Micron is the best I've found so far, but they dry out sooo fast. Any good suggestions? Thank you!
Hello! Thank you very much! I actually prefer uniball pens over microns. I also really like using pen and nibs time to time as well or the kawesko sport pens, they have more control. I have a variety of pens in my arsenal, but the fine point markers never satisfy. I think it’s the way the fine marker feels against paper. Hit up your local art store and experiment with a bunch of pens, that’s the best way to find out what works best for you.
Mary Kate McDevitt is a letterer and illustrator living and working in Portland, OR. Mary Kate graduated from Tyler School of Art in 2007 with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration. She worked as a designer at a studio in Lancaster, PA for 2 years. In 2010, Mary Kate moved out to…
nudgenudgewinkwink asked: Hi there! I'm a huge fan of your work, you're one of my idols! Was just wondering what your view is on watermarking your work? I see you don't really do it and just wanted to know your thoughts on that - I was thinking of developing a little mini logo of sorts to use on mine coz I currently put on my blog address. Thanks for your time! - fathima
Thanks so much! I’ve thought about putting watermarks on my images but I wouldn’t put it across the whole image because that never looks good. I would put a little website in the bottom of the image so that at least when it’s pinned, the proper credit is there. A little logo or website might also be a deterrent so if someone came across your illustration on pinterest, they know right away it isn’t just “up for grabs.” I have no idea how people have that mentality about art, but they do. However, it doesn’t always stop people from stealing, copying or just cropping it out and stealing it. So, who really knows. Either way, a tasteful little logo or website in the bottom could give you some piece of mind.