My design recources

There’s been quite some time since I promised a friend to let him know about the resources I used and how I started working online. So I thought the best way to list them for his (or any other’s future reference) is to make a post about them.

4 years ago, when I decided I wanted to work as an independent artist I had no idea how would I do this, or what exactly I wanted to do. All I knew is that I loved illustration and letters. I studied logo design and worked with logos for a while, but I felt I wanted to go one step further, so I started searching for art classes. I was excited when I found Skillshare.  The platform offers a large variety of art classes, which lead to the most important breakthrough for me: I discovered lettering! So, if you are looking for illustration, lettering and photography classes I definitely recommend Skillshare. All the resources I’ve used are listed below:

The best Skillshare lettering classes:

Hand Lettering Essentials for Beginners – Mary Kate McDevitt

Hand Lettering: Add Digital Color and Texture for Final Polish – Mary Kate McDevitt

Vintage Hand-Lettering: Styling Phrases for Timeless Appeal – Mary Kate McDevitt

Designing Hand Lettering Systems: From Single Motif to Cohesive Project – Mary Kate McDevitt

Hand Lettering Techniques: 5 Ways to Better Work – Mary Kate McDevitt

The Golden Secrets of Script Lettering: Find Inspiration In Your Handwriting – Martina Flor

Storytelling Through Lettering: Exploring Different Styles – Martina Flor

Lettering for Designers: One Drop Cap Letterform at a Time – Jessica Hische

Mastering iPad Lettering with Procreate 4 – Molly Suber Thorpe

 

Recently I discovered CreativeLive where I found 2 great classes for every artist:

Make Things Make Money: The Business of Illustration and Lettering

Become a Working Artist

I would also recommend CreativeLive for art classes, especially for photography!

 

For those who love typography, there are two sites where they can learn basic rules and working with a font:

http://ilovetypography.com

https://practicaltypography.com/

 

My precious book collection for lettering and illustration:

“Imagine a forest”, Dinara Mirtalipova

“Little book of Lettering”, Emily Gregory

“Modern calligraphy”, Molly Suber Thrope

“The calligrapher’s business handbook”, Molly Suber Thrope

“Drawing type”, Alex Fowkes

“In progress”, Jessica Hische

“The Golden Secrets of Lettering”, Martina Flor

“Scripts – Elegant Lettering from Designs Golden Age”, Steven Heller & Louise Filli

 

The next best thing for every artist who wants to work online, is social media platforms, where you can upload your portfolio, share free content, follow great artists and learn from their work. An excellent way for people to know you, is to share an artwork for free thought these platforms. For example, create an illustration or a pattern or take a photo and share it as desktop wallpaper. Share your first hand made font for free.

Behance & Instagram: The best social platforms for artists.

Pinterest: The best source of inspiration

Unsplash: A great platform for photographers where they can share their photos for free.

 

The best sites to sell you artwork and prints:

Etsy

Curioos

Drawdeck

Creative Market (for digital products and fonts)

Fontspring (for fonts)

 

Good luck in everything you do and lots of inspiration to you!



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