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Timeout: Mary Kate McDevitt

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews. Five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Many thanks to Mary Kate for being today’s interviewee.

Who are you? Let us know where you hail from and what you do.

Mary Kate McDevittMy name is Mary Kate McDevitt and I currently live in Portland, OR. I work from home in my studio as a freelance illustrator mostly drawing and painting letters. I also like to hang out with my cat Peppy Mew Mew and bike around the town.

What are you working on? 

Some historical-type lettering for Lehigh University, fun holiday lettering for Better Homes and Gardens, and my poster for Art Crank.

Choose a favorite shot of yours. Why is it a favorite? 

I think it would be Cheat Local. It was a fun little project I did for the cover of the Willamette Week, a weekly paper here in Portland. I have a career crush on sign painters so it was fun to experiment with that style.

Cheat Local

Cheat Local

by Mary Kate McDevitt

Type treatment for the cover of Willamette Week. On the newsstands now, Portlanders!

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Tell us about your setup. What tools did you use to create the shot(s)?

My tools include a pencil, micron pens, calligraphy pen, brushes, tracing paper, paper, slate, scanner, photoshop.

From my sketch, I created the lettering using a brush and ink to capture the style of hand painted letters on a sign and scanned it in, added color on the computer and pieced the decorative elements that I also scanned in. 

Here are some peaks into part of my workspace. This is my desk where I will work on sketches, doodles, and where I scan and sometimes piece together work on the computer. I also spend a good amount of time looking at the internet.

The other part of my studio is in our basement where screen printing, building, painting and messy art making goes on.

Choose a favorite shot from another Player. Why do you dig it?

I have a new favorite on Dribbble just about everyday! But this shot sticks out in my head for sure, Jerk Pix by Dan Cassaro.

Jerk Pix

Jerk Pix

by Dan Cassaro

My super nerdy and pretty much unusable desktop wallpaper for The Fox is Black is up. See the whole thing here!

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I really love anything that makes me laugh and beautiful lettering, which Dan Cassaro is a master at both. I used it for my desktop for about a day but I would really love to see this as a print and on my wall.

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