Category Archives: lettering

How to design your own amazing Monogram

design your own amazing monogramMany people tell me they have really difficult names from which to create interesting signatures. The answer is to turn your initials into a monogram. Is a quick, simple and elegant solution.

When you have designed your monogram, practice it over and over again, day after day until you can do it in your sleep. As you do, it will become smoother and more designery and your friends will be impressed – especially if you write it with a flourish!

Click the picture to download the images from the video to print out for yourself.

Click here to see all my better handwriting and signatures videos.

100,000 YouTube Subscribers on the ShooRaynerDrawing Channel!

Last night the ShooRaynerDrawing Channel on YouTube, achieved a new and amazing goal, when the counter clicked over the 100,000 Subscribers mark.

I’d like to thanks all my subscribers and everyone who has helped me along the way so far. It has been an extraordinary journey. I have to admit that it has required, a sometimes crazy, level of commitment. I think my family have sometimes wondered why I put quite so much work into the channel.

My very first video took over a year to gain a thousand views, until I realised that one video on its own was not going to change the world, especially as it was technically inept and the lighting rig up collapsed half way through!

NextUpIn 2011, the channel won the prestigious YouTube NextUp Europe competition giving me an incredible week at YouTube headquarters in London, being mentored, with 25 others from around Europe. Some have gone on to major success. The wonderfully affable Marcus Butler now has 3.5 million subscribers!

I learned so many skills that week – almost too many – I wanted to try out everything. I was bit like a kid in a sweet shop.

I started other channels – DrawStuffRealEasy now has over 56,000 subscribers in its own right! – some had nothing to do with drawing at all, but I learned a lot about editing through them.

I’m now committed to the ShooRaynerDrawing channel, showing that drawing is for everyone and is no more difficult than writing your own name.

In 2012 I was awarded the Hewlett-Packard Smart Business prize for Use of Social Media for all the work I had done building up the site. Approaching my 100,000th subscriber has made me refocus. ShooRayner_HP_SmartSmall

I am building a proper drawing course on this site and a homeschool high school half credit version of the course on

I’m also preparing to start a club/school/academy – I can’t decide what to call it – on this channel, which I see as being almost an online Art School for drawing and the illustrative arts, for those who didn’t or can’t get to University, but would like to build the skills they might feel they missed out on.

A lot of work to do! So, I shall enjoy the glow for a moment today, before getting on with the next phase of the ShooRaynerDrawing Channel,

Again many thanks to everyone who has ever watched a video and subscribed to the channel.

How to draw Bubble Writing

This is a really simple bubble typeface that is great for posters and headlines. I’ll do another soon showing how to make it look shiny and another with more bubbly letters. Enjoy!bubble-wtriting-thumb