3D Lettering: Create a Striking Composition

A course by Tarwane
Art Director and Lettering Artist . Lyon, France.
Joined April 2021
, Art Director and Lettering Artist

Explore analog and digital drawing techniques to create a 3D lettering composition with spectacular optical illusions

  • French with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (6)
  • 137 students

Explore analog and digital drawing techniques to create a 3D lettering composition with spectacular optical illusions

French with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (6)
  • 137 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: French
  • Level: Beginner
  • 19 lessons (1h 45m)
  • Available on the app
  • French, Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Are you ready to push reality to its limits? Explore the boundaries of illusion? Use words and their meanings to stun your target audience? That's precisely what Tarwane has to offer through his lettering artwork.

Join him as you learn the techniques for drawing a lettering composition with an eye-catching optical illusion using a word or phrase of your choice. Then apply your creation to a product intended for sale with a mock-up.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Introduction to tools and different styles of lettering
  • U3
    U3. The project
  • U4
    U4. The creation of lettering
  • U5
    U5. Another approach to lettering
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Get to know Tarwane as he tells you about his urban influences deeply rooted in the world of graffiti. He also goes through the tools needed for the course.

Discover the different styles of lettering and the basics of this graphic art form. Get playful as you delve into the world of spacing, rhythm, contrast, balance, and median lines.

Look at the key role your composition grid plays in achieving a well-balanced drawing, before moving on to a review of the different stages of the lettering process, from sketch to print, and then on to digitizing it.

Find out how to manage your clients' expectations while at the same time respecting your artistic identity. Tarwane takes you through some exercises to refine your proposal and bind the words to creative universes. He explains the importance of colors and practical tools in making a piece your own, like Adobe Color and Topiatones palettes on Instagram.

Now it's time to start creating! Design your 3D lettering step-by-step, from sketch to inking with a light tablet, and finally, the photograph of the end result.

Once your piece is finished, see how to present it in the form of different products by creating a mock-up in Photoshop and Illustrator. Tarwane also offers some final tips on how to share your artwork on social media. You're two steps away from going viral!

What is this course's project?

Produce a stunning lettering design that can be applied to all your products.

Who is it for?

Anyone who is passionate about lettering, whether you're at beginner level or more advanced. Even professionals can discover some new optical illusion techniques.

What you need

All you need is some paper, pencils, a ruler, a light tablet, and a computer with access to Illustrator and Photoshop.


137 Students
6 Reviews
100% Positive ratings


A course by Tarwane

Art Director and Lettering Artist

Ever since he was little, Tarwane has been passionate about graffiti and street art. He has taught himself a wide array of amazing lettering techniques and, over time, specialized in embossed lettering and optical illusion effects. He has worked with international clients like Adobe, L'Oréal, Fox Channel, and Éditions Robert Laffont.

Hand drawing is always at the forefront of his creative process, even if he is a wiz at the digital side of things. He draws his inspiration from the words themselves, their shape, and their meaning.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Introduction to tools and different styles of lettering

    • Introduction to tools
    • The different styles of lettering
    • Based on reference examples
    • The composition grids
    • Steps to create a 3D lettering
  • U3

    The project

    • Define the objective of your work
    • Find inspiration
    • Associating word and style: why and how
    • Compositions and meaning of readings
    • The colour
  • U4

    The creation of lettering

    • The sketch
    • Inking
    • Photographing the trompe-l'œil effect
    • How to use Illustrator and Photoshop 1
    • How to use Illustrator and Photoshop 2
  • U5

    Another approach to lettering

    • Others trompe-l'oeil
    • Share your work
  • FP

    Final Project

    • 3D Lettering: Create a Striking Composition

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3D Lettering: Create a Striking Composition. A Calligraphy, and Typography course by Tarwane

3D Lettering: Create a Striking Composition

A course by Tarwane
Art Director and Lettering Artist . Lyon, France.
Joined April 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (6)
  • 137 students