Inspiration Wednesday: Art Crush on Mary Kate McDevitt

I have art crushes, which are more of a feeling of admiration and inspiration for another creative’s art and design. This week I am excited to talk about my art crush on Mary Kate McDevitt, a hand letterer, illustrator, teacher and author.

Mary Kate graduated from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia 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 to Portland, OR to pursue a career as a freelance illustrator and artist, but after 3 years there, she moved back east and is currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY.

She has done a lot of hand lettering work for many major clients including Chronicle Books, Sesame Street, Fast Company, Nintendo, Harper Collins, Adobe, CMYK Magazine, Parade Magazine, AARP, Better Homes & Gardens, O Magazine, Woman’s Day, United States Postal Service, Baltimore Magazine, Westwood College, Milwaukee Magazine, Field and Stream Magazine, Everyday with Rachael Ray, and more.

Mary Kate McDevitt work

She also wrote The Hand Lettering Ledger, a hands-on workbook with Chronicle Books intended to be used as a tool for designers and creatives wanting to learn the art of hand-drawn lettering. Lots of practice sheets are included in the book, providing space to learn and master a range of type treatments and flourishes. Over 100 custom illustrations are included for inspiration and reference. I love the section where she talks about the differences between typography, calligraphy and hand-lettering.

Hand-Lettering Ledger Terminology

Hand-Lettering Ledger Lesson 2

Hand-Lettering Ledger Practice Page

images from Mary Kate’s website

Mary Kate teaches a hand-lettering class on Skillshare  which I highly recommend if you want to learn the basics with video and hands-on demos. I have made it through the first couple lessons so far, and I’ve already learned how do make a variety of lettering styles combined with illustration using new drawing and lettering tools. She also has an Etsy shop where she sells prints of her illustrations and hand-lettered projects.

I love the hand drawn look of her work with handmade textures and illustrations which feel vintage yet modern, so that’s my art crush for the week. I’m on a quest to master learn and master hand lettering and include it in my own illustrations so it’s exciting to find instructions and inspiration to develop my own style.

Thanks for stopping by!

Terri

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