New Year… New Site!

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Ray of Light Design | New Site

Hello all,

First and foremost, I want to say thanks for following along with my site. I launched this blog in 2015 and enjoyed sharing lettering and illustration tips with you here for these past couple years.

This blog, however, is just a blog. I felt my website needed a complete overhaul. I wanted to add a shop and create my own look (instead of being limited to a WordPress theme).

So, Ray of Light Design is moving to www.roldesign.net!

My new site is complete with a shop, full pages dedicated to offering new tutorials and freebies, and even a community forum! Plus, I’ve created Learn Brush Lettering and Learn iPad Lettering pages, complete with brand new free printables and practice guides.

So go check it out!

Happy 2018 everyone! 🙂

 

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Update: Lots of New Brushes!

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I certainly have not posted in a long time… almost a year!

As 2017 comes to a close, I figured that it was about time I introduced you to the products I released this year…

Procreate Brush Set #1 — Refreshed and Updated

This is the new cover for my first Procreate brush set, updated in March 2017.

This was the first brush set I ever shared on Creative Market, but it proved to be popular and I decided that I would add a few extra brushes to the set and give the product a new look. If you purchased the set before March 2017 and haven’t updated yet, you can download the new brushes for free.

 

Procreate Brush Set #3 — A New Set of 7 Unique Lettering Brushes!

I released a new lettering brush set earlier this year called Procreate Brush Set 3! The brushes in this set are excellent for creating digital calligraphy and cool lettering effects.

 

Patterns: A Procreate Brush Set — Just Released Set of New Lettering Brushes and Pattern Stamps

Patterns is literally brand new… I just added it to Creative Market today! This set is different from my others because it includes awesome stamp brushes that allow you to decorate your Procreate canvas with cute patterns. It includes a total of 17 brushes — 11 are stamps, 6 are for lettering.

I hope you like my newest products and find them helpful assets to your Procreate brush collection!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year all! 🙂

All New Procreate Brushes are Here

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I’m excited to introduce a brand new set of high-quality, custom-made Procreate lettering brushes as a follow-up to my first!

These brushes will be a great addition to your collection and make lettering a breeze. They are availible on Creative Market and Gumroad, and are designed for new and experienced iPad calligraphers alike!

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  1. ETHEREAL – This brush is super fun and addicting. It fades as you write, creating a cool variance in opacity.
  2. NEWSPRINT – This brush as a subtle gritty texture.
  3. OPAQUE BOLD – Create thick scripts and bold lettering designs.
  4. OPAQUE – This easy-to-use lettering brush is perfect for elegant calligraphy or funky messy lettering.

Hope to see you using these brushes and enjoying them!

Happy New Year! 🙂

 

Learn Calligraphy with My New Practice Guide Series

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I’m excited to announce that I’m beginning a series of lettering practice guides! They will all be availible for purchase on Gumroad and are suitable as printables to practice brush lettering as well as templates to practice iPad calligraphy in Procreate.

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The first guide is Lowercase Modern Calligraphy.

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The guide includes:

  • 1 Reference page: See the alphabet at a glance.
  • 2 Intro pages: Trace the alphabet once as an introduction to writing each letter.
  • 6 Practice Pages: Practice tracing and writing each letter of the alphabet again and again to become familiar with the letters.
  • 1 Procreate Calligraphy Brush — You get my Lovely brush from the Procreate Lettering Pack.

More lettering guides are on the way.

Stay tuned!

If you don’t already, follow my blog here and my Gumroad shop to be informed about new products. 🙂

New Procreate Brush Pack: Flat Pen Set

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I’ve got a new brush pack on Gumroad and Creative Market! This one has 6 brushes designed to mimic flat calligraphy pens (such as the Pilot Parallel Pen), perfect for Gothic/Blackletter, Roman, and Italic style lettering.

Flat Pen Calligraphy Set


Until November 1st (3 pm PST/6 pm EST) you can get $1.50 off this new lettering pack and my previous one when you enter the promo code scarycool at check-out on Gumroad. 🙂

Hope to see you adding these procreate pens to your collection!

Happy Halloween!

iPad Lettering in Procreate: Brushes, Freebies, and More

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iPad lettering has risen to become the latest craze among calligraphy enthusiasts. Apple Pencil’s marvelous pressure sensitivity makes it a powerful choice for calligraphers who want to explore the expanding world of digital art.

I have been joining in on the fun, both in Paper and in Procreate. Paper is my go-to app, with its inviting interface and the tools I’ve gotten to know so well, but Procreate is great for calligraphy because you can customize the perfect brush for whatever you’re making.

Procreate Brushes for iPad Lettering

I just released a brush set with 6 fundamental lettering brushes I curated for Procreate users on Creative Market and Gumroad. These brushes are versatile and easy to use, so they’re great for beginning iPad letterers and experienced calligraphers alike.

Download a Freebie Brush!

I thought I would share a brand new brush as a freebie so you guys could get a taste of what’s in my pack.

Introducing Fader!

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Fader is a calligraphy brush with a bit of color falloff, so it creates a cool variation in opacity, a little bit like watercolor does before a fresh dip.

A Look at Fader

If you write quickly, the ink falls off right away. If you take your time writing the letters, the ink will fall off at a slower pace.

To download Fader for free, click the thumbnail below, which will redirect you to my shop on Gumroad. Pick Fader, add it to your cart, and enter the code rol_blog_reader at checkout. 

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If you need help installing the brushes, check out this tutorial.


Take a Look at the Brush Pack

So, the official brush pack comes with these six main brushes and includes two bonus.

The Core 6

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  • Monoline has no contrast, so it’s easy to create simplistic, bouncy cursive. (All the names written under the Bs here are with this brush — it’s great for a lot of things!)
  • Subtle is a variation of monoline with slightly contrasted strokes.
  • Playful creates rough edges that work for many styles.
  • Lovely is perfect for modern calligraphy with just of ink bleed.
  • Elegant creates thick downstrokes and delicate thin upstrokes to mimic pointed pen calligraphy.
  • Chalky is great for digital chalk art and lettering, but works for just about anything.

The Bonus Brushes

The two bonus brushes are a glitter brush and a confetti brush. The glitter brush is made for sparkly calligraphy, and the confetti brush adds a simple, colorful decoration.


More Calligraphy Brush Reccomendations

That’s it for my brushes (so far!), but you can never have enough brushes, so I thought I’d reccomend a few freebies from around the web.

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  1. from Alternate Glyph Calligraphy Crayon and Streaker. iPad calligrapher Melissa Cabral makes unique brushes that you won’t see anywhere else. She is offering these two for free, and I love using them.
  2. from MakeMedia Co. Southern Belle.                                      If you’re a lettering aficionado, you’re probably familiar with Callie Hegstrom‘s funny hand-drawn quotes and popular fonts on Creative Market. She recently began exploring iPad calligraphy and has a lot to show for it. Southern Belle is availible for free on her site.
  3. from iPad Lettering Original Calligraphy.                                     Karin of iPad Lettering was a pioneer in the realm of digital calligraphy. She shares lots of helpful Procreate tutorials and her brushes are used widely and set a high standard in the community. Check out her Original Calligraphy brush.

I hope you guys start stocking up on awesome calligraphy brushes and get lettering!

I’ll be posting more tutorials and tips for iPad lettering soon.  🙂

 

Best Lettering Tools On a Budget

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There are so many great lettering tools, and I enjoy trying as many as I can! But art supplies can be expensive, and if you’re on a budget, that shouldn’t stop you from learning hand lettering! There are many great workarounds, as shown in this infographic.

Spend or Save? Lettering Infographic from Ray of Light Design

I hope you find these suggestions helpful.

Happy lettering! 🙂