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    Anonymous said: Hi Mary Kate, I am taking your Skill Share class and I was wondering if there is anything onwards from just final inking of the letters. What is your process when using Illustrator? What DPI do you scan in? Do you live trace the scanned in image and select different parts to paint? Thank you for the class by the way, very informative!

    I will have another class covering digitization, color and texture. It’s hard to fit it all in one class without overwhelming beginners.

    In the meantime… When I am ready to scan in a drawing, I scan it in around 600dpi, bring the tiff file into illustrator and live trace it. Don’t click the default option, the lettering option works quite well or play around in the settings. 

    I’m glad you are enjoying the class! I hope you join me in the next class where I will be offering more tips and tricks about the final steps of lettering. I don’t know when it will go up but I will announce it here and one twitter.

    Anonymous said: 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!


    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 said: 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 said: 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