Inspiration Wednesday: Art Crush on Molly Jacques Illustration

I have art crushes, which are more of a feeling of admiration and inspiration for another creative’s great art and design. This week I wanted to introduce you to Molly Jacques, a modern calligrapher, font designer, graphic designer, illustrator and amazing one-woman show.

molly jacques workimage from Molly Jacques Illustration

I first learned about Molly Jacques when I saw her illustration for the cover of an issue of the Wall Street Journal. I love the way she combines calligraphy and hand lettering with illustration using flourishes, icons, and color to tell the story.

molly jacques for wall street journal

images from Molly Jacques Illustration

molly jacques for wall street journal

Then I found out she was teaching a calligraphy class on Skillshare, which I immediately signed up for. She has such a graceful hand when it comes to illustrating her calligraphic alphabet. I love watching her fluid pen make such elegant letters in her video tutorials.

molly jacques calligraphy

images from Molly Jacques Illustration

Molly Jacques Skillshare class

Molly also writes a weekly column called The Freelance Diaries, where she offers tips, resources, inspiration, and a glimpse at what it’s like being a freelance creative. She shares the details about her favorite tools along with bigger picture experiences including the ups and downs of working independently.

If you’re interested in learning more, I encourage you to read her story about her education and career path in this feature on The Every Girl. She got her BFA at the College for Creative Studies in Michigan. After school, she worked at Sugar Paper, a stationery shop in Los Angeles. She spent a lot of time and worked hard to perfect her skills before starting her own business of calligraphy, lettering, font design and illustration.

I think she’s pretty fantastic, so that’s my latest art crush, expressed with the utmost respect, admiration and inspiration to ” get really good at what you do,” “Be Confident. Be Patient.” Thanks for stopping by!


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