Hello folks. You’ll be meeting different lettering / calligraphy artists as a part of the ‘meet the teachers’ series on @surelysimplechallenge. Read on to find out more about each letterer’s creative process, how they discovered their own distinct style, the tools they use and more..
Today, on the blog, we have Karin from iPad Lettering! Karin’s whole account is a documentation of her journey with perfecting and working on lettering exclusively on the iPad Pro! Her work is neat, filled with bright and white tones as well as instructive videos on how to letter beautifully on the iPad! I love her style of writing because not only does she utilize different brush effects, she also has a very concise and clean style of lettering that is distinctive and pleasing to the eye. Also, her instagram feed is so well organised and easy to look at- every topic in separate rows! #respect. Let’s hear more from Karin herself..
If you were on stage right now, how would you introduce yourself?
Hi! I’m Karin and I am a coder by day and a letterer by night.
When did you first really get interested in lettering and calligraphy?
I have been interested in lettering and calligraphy since school, but I didn’t really get into it the way I am now until I got my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil at the end of 2015. Prior to getting the iPad I have been following many talented letterers on Instagram, and it re-awakened my passion for it. Since we are living in a tiny apartment, I didn’t think I had the space for all the required art supplies, but with the iPad I don’t have the problem. So I started practicing and when I discovered Procreate with the ability to make custom brushes I was pretty much hooked instantly.
What are your favourite art tools and media you prefer?
Of course I love my iPad Pro, but I have recently also started using real brushes and watercolours.
When you find yourself in a creative rut, how do you conquer that?
Create more! I allow myself to create as many crappy pieces as I want, as long as I am creating something. Eventually I’ll find something that will get my creative juices flowing again. I find that the more I create the more creative I get.
What would be the ideal lettering / calligraphy assignment you’d like to work on?
Oh anything! As long as it’s bright and colourful 🙂
Any advice you’d like to share on finding your own lettering style?
What helped me the most were the single letter challenges I have participated in. It forces me to study each letter and come up with a version I like. Every time I restart the alphabet I refine each letter or try a different version.
Read 5 things about Karin here!
1️⃣1️⃣‼️ THINGS ▶️ Meet Karin! • 1️⃣Coffee or tea? Coffee!! 2️⃣Beach or Mountains?: Beach 🙂 3️⃣Pet peeve (what irritates you?): Excuses and lies 4️⃣Favourite phone editing app?: I usually edit everything on my laptop 5️⃣Cat or dog person?: Both 6️⃣What's for Sunday breakfast? (unless it's non existent, because you sleep in and then go out for brunch!): Scrambled eggs and smoked salmon 7️⃣Fave dessert: Hazelnut Ice Cream and Nutella 8️⃣Day or Night person?: Day person 9️⃣Fave snack (especially to munch on during art/lettering time!) Lindt balls 🔟Style staple (what you need in your wardrobe!) A generous selection of yoga pants 😛 1️⃣1️⃣A motto/phrase you live by: Fortune favours the brave •••• Karin is the very helpful genius behind @ipadlettering- check out her tutorials- super useful if you're starting out with #procreate. She's an iPad letterer with a very neat lettering style! • You can also be featured by: ▶️ uploading a picture with you in it- surrounded by your art! ▶️check the 5 things post for the questions- pick any 5 out of 15 ▶️ post it with the tags #SimpleAlphabets and #SimpleAlphabets_5things • Here's your chance to interact with the 'mysterious' teachers in the challenge. Ask Karin anything about her lettering and strike a conversation below. And also leave a compliment maybe 😉⬇️ #meetthemaker #applepencil
WATCH Karin’s Teacher Takeover videos here:
Font Coach▶️ Font Name:‘iPadLettering Script’ . Hi everyone – this is Karin from @ipadlettering and being excited about this challenge is a true understatement! I have wanted to make my own font forever, and now that Aaria asked me to be part of this challenge, I didn’t have any more excuses – right?? When Aaria asked me to make a font, I took that literal, and went ahead and researched how to actually make that font so I could use it in Illustrator 🙈 I only read after I already made the whole thing that it didn’t need to be digitized (yes reading the instructions would have been good!!) Anyhow – the whole process is very elaborate and can’t really be shown in a 60s video, but I took snippets of the various tools I have used and put them together for you 🙂 The font is called ‘iPadLettering Script’ (although I didn’t really put any thought into the naming of my font 😝) and here are the individual steps of how I made it: 1️⃣ I wrote the individual letters on my iPad and exported them as a transparent png file 2️⃣ I imported the png file into Illustrator and traced the letters 3️⃣ With an Illustrator plugin called ‘Fontself Maker’ I created the basic letters of my font. This is really easy and probably works quite well if you are making a font that doesn’t require ligatures or special characters, etc. But I wanted to make a script font and because my writing is so uneven, I need ligatures and kerning features. So I researched a number of applications and found one called ‘Glyphs’ that I decided to try. 5️⃣ I imported the font created with Fontself Maker into Glyphs to create ligatures and adjust kerning (this takes a looooong time 😂) As you can see in the video, I am a complete noob font maker, and my approach is probably not the best, but I ended up with a font that I could use in Illustrator 😁🎉There’s still a ton of refinements I want to make of course – this is nowhere near complete! ….. 🎉 Upload a video or image of your own custom ✏️FONT DESIGN ✏️and tag it with ▶️#SimpleAlphabets ▶️#SS_DesignAFont ✨✏️ + tag me @surelysimpleblog @surelysimplechallenge so I see it (and feature it maybe!)! #applepencil #procreateapp #ipadpro
Teacher Takeover! ▶️ Hi everyone – this is Karin from @ipadlettering. I’m currently living in New Zealand, but I was born in Switzerland, and since we are talking about places this week, I thought I’d share a few fun facts about my home country 😊 1️⃣ Switzerland has 4 official languages – I have written the word ’Switzerland’ in each language in the part of the country where the language is spoken (in the order of writing: German, French, Italian, Romansh) 2️⃣ Switzerland has 4 neighbouring countries: Germany (north), France (west), Italy (south), Austria (east) 3️⃣ Population is 8 million • I’ll be travelling to Switzerland later this month to visit my family and I can’t wait!! My iPad is definitely coming with me so I can keep practicing my lettering. And this is today’s lettering tip: practice every day if you can – it doesn’t matter what tools you are using – even it’s a pen and a napkin in an airport restaurant somewhere! ….. 🖍🖊✏️🖌🖍🖊✏️✍🏻 📽: @ipadlettering ….. Feeling inspired by Karin's fun iPad tutorial? Join in the fun! 🎉 Upload a video or image of 🔸a PLACE 🔸 and tag it with ▶️#SimpleAlphabets ▶️#SimpleAlphabets_Place If Karin has inspired you, be sure to leave a comment below 😊 ⬇️ ! 🖍🖌🖋🖊 #ipadlettering #procreate #applepencil
Teacher Takeover! ▶️ Hey guys – I’m Karin from @ipadlettering and I have started lettering on my iPad just before Christmas last year and since then I have practiced at least 2-3 hours every single day! I’m a software developer by day and letterer by night and I really enjoy the mix of analytical and creative thinking. • My # 1 lettering tip is to participate in your favourite lettering challenge and to commit to posting at least one pic or video every single day for the duration of the challenge. This is how I have started and learned to overcome my perfectionism. It forced me to practice super hard, because I didn’t want to post bad pictures. • And sometimes I had to post things I wasn’t super happy with and it taught me that even if I didn’t think it was my best work, I still made progress and the next day I would come up with something much better 😊 🖍🖊✏️🖌🖍🖊✏️✍🏻 📽: @ipadlettering….. Feeling inspired by Karin's flawless iPad letters? Also excited to have her as the first iPad letterer featured! Join in the fun! Upload a video or image of 🔸i🔸 and tag it with ▶️#SimpleAlphabets ▶️#SimpleAlphabets_i If Karin has inspired you, be sure to leave a comment below so she can see it! ⬇️ Happy lettering! 🖍🖌🖋🖊 #ipadlettering #digitallettering #procreate
Check out her interview at Opinion9 too for a bit more about her process!
You can find me on Instagram under @ipadlettering and my website is ipadlettering.com
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