Learn more about my hand lettering journey
My name is Rayane Alvim, I’m a hand-lettering artist and illustrator from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I am currently a Graphic Design major student at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).
I started creating hand lettering because I wanted to get away from my computer once in a while. I didn’t want to be stuck in a computer 24/7. I wanted that feeling of creating something by hand. Something that was 100% me.
I’ve always been interested in Graphic Design. I know it sounds like a cliché thing to say, but it’s true. Ever since I was a teenager, I used Photoshop to create things. From creating things for my favorite artists, movies and actors to actually realizing that Graphic Design could turn into a career path for me. I’m so glad I was born in the internet age, because without it, I honestly don’t know where I would be. If it wasn’t for a hundred of tutorials, YouTube videos, old-age forums, I don’t know if my passion for graphic design would have sparkled.
When it was time to finally decide what to do in college, I had no idea about anything. I know I didn’t want to go on a ‘tradional path’ (like Law School, Medical School, engineer, etc), so I finally found out that my hobby could potentially turn into a job. I was thrilled. I knew I had to do Graphic Design for life.
In addition to that, I like to draw. I’ve been drawing ever since I was a kid. Another cliché thing to say, I know. And every graphic design major says that on their first day of class.- “Why did you choose this major?”- “Oh, I don’t know, I just…I really like drawing”.I swear that was literally my entire class on our first day.
When I was on my second year of college, I discovered hand lettering. I know it’s not a new thing. I mean, lettering has been around for ages. I just wasn’t exposed to it before, I didn’t know that it could be a career. I started digging around, started following a lot of hand lettering artists on Instagram and I was hooked.
I decided I want to draw letters for a living. I decided I didn’t want to be stuck at an office in front of a computer 24/7, like I said before. Lettering was kind of my way out of it. So I started practicing, took a lot of online courses, watched and read tutorials. When I was finally confident that I was producing good enough stuff, I started building an audience on Instagram.
Don’t get me wrong – I do love to work in Photoshop and Illustrator (or else, I wouldn’t have majored in Graphic Design at all) – and I love digitizing my lettering work, which means I do have to be in front of my computer. I just really like the fact that I don’t need a computer to create things.
I love to work on personal projects that sparkle my creativity. I love to create hand-lettered quotes and words. My goal is to bring letters to life. I love creating stuff with pop culture references, as I’m a TV show and movie addict!