Q: I don't have a degree in design...do you have one? Do I need one to follow my design dreams?! A: I do not have a degree in design, and I don't think you need one either! It's a much tougher road to travel, but I am almost 100% self-taught. However, if getting a degree is the right path for you, go for it! I will 'never say never' to going back to school one day.
Q: How and when did you begin lettering? A: In some form or fashion, I have been lettering my entire life (elementary school = bubble letters)! I began taking lettering seriously in mid-2015. I got myself in the habit of daily lettering practice by participating in 30 day lettering challenges on Instagram and researching lots of different styles!
Q: Is this your full-time job? A: Yes!
Q: What is the best way for a total beginner to learn lettering? A: Eek! That's a big one! I wrote a blog post about my 3 Favorite Tips for Beginners here. As for learning, I am currently working on an online course on lettering. Stay tuned!
Q: You seem to favor Tombow products. Any particular reason? A:I ran to the nearest art supply store and bought a pack of Tombow Dual Brush Pens when I saw Amanda Arneill using them on Instagram. After experimenting with other brands of brush pen, I still preferred their brush tip over any other on the market. I am now so blessed and thankful to be a TombowUSA Brand Ambassador, meaning I test, review, and blog about their products.
Q: What program do you use to digitize your hand-drawn art? A: Adobe Illustrator
Q: What platform/who did you use to design/build your website? A: I use Squarespace, and I designed it myself, thanks to Squarespace's easy-to-use website building platform.
Q: What app do you use to edit your lettering photos for Instagram? A: 'A Color Story'
Q: Do you take your own blog photos? A: Yes and no! For MOST of my blog posts, the photos you see are my own. However, my brand photos, headshot, and almost every other photo on this website was taken by my talented mom, January June Photography.
KILEY IN KENTUCKY
Kiley in Kentucky is a hand-lettering resource hub of Kiley Bennett, where you can find tips, tutorials, online classes, and products for purchase!
Hey! I'm Kiley: the lettering artist, teacher, and blogger at Kiley in Kentucky!