That’s IT! It’s official. I’m changing my name to Molly McFabiano and it’s not just some willy nilly decision I’ve come to either. I’ve thought long and hard about it and I’ve realized it may be the only way to become the master hand letterer I’ve decided I want to be.
I’m in the middle of Mary Kate McDevitt’s The First Steps of Hand Lettering class on Skillshare (more on Skillshare later because I’m totally smitten) and her work is amazing! It has inspired me to look everywhere for hand lettering inspiration and it didn’t take long for me to sort out my favorite artists.
So there’s Mary Kate McDevitt, as I mentioned, and here’s some of her stuff. It’s got a colorful, and perfectly imperfect, handmade vibe.
These and other prints can all be purchased on her Mary Kate McDevitt Etsy site here.
Then I found Emily McDowell. Emily hand letters phrases that are relatable and really funny. We are on a first name basis because her sense of humor tells me we’d be friends, even though Emily doesn’t know it. I’m not comparing myself with strangers on the Internet, I’m just making friends with them…
Find and buy any of these prints, cards, and other randomly fun items like kitchen towels or temporary tattoos on Emily McDowell’s site here.
Next I stumbled upon Sean McCabe, whose work is perfect and precise. It’s very different from the lady-lettering-rockstars above, as it’s more mechanical, exact, and incredibly hard to believe he does by hand. Perhaps even cooler than Sean’s lettering pieces are his regular podcasts that he puts out every Monday and Wednesday on topics of interest to designers and other creative folks. I’ve started listening from the beginning so I don’t miss out any of his wisdom.
Find Sean’s prints, coasters, sweatshirts and such on his website here.
Are you seeing the pattern here? I think you’d probably all agree that I should head on down to the social security office today to change my name. Okay, okay well maybe that’s not the only way to hand-lettering superstardom. Maybe I could use some McPractice…