This Skillshare class was taught by Spencer Charles. The entire class focused on tips and tricks to lettering with Illustrator. His class challenge to create an ampersand.

I started by researching different types of ampersands. I like to draw straight from reference so I can get a feel for what I’m about to create. (Meaning: I am not claiming that the thumbnails below are my own original designs.) The website was great for this project!

I let the inspiration float around in my head for a while and then started to create my own version of an ampersand. I really liked the idea of having the ball terminals fit together in a yin yang type of circle. I’m really excited about it because I haven’t seen another ampersand quite like it.

After digitizing and tweaking on the computer, it was time to figure out the embellishments. I wanted to be sure to include my two favorite tips from this course:

  1. Creating a script stroke: Make a copy of the line, join two endpoints, and only move part of one line.
  2. The “lines” shadow: Use the stroke tool to created a dotted line. (MUCH better than copying and pasting all of those lines…easier to edit the look of it too.)

I wanted to include embellishment, but not so much that it interfered with the design of the character. I’m so happy with how this turned out!