From the imagination of Marlene Silveira

In the work of Marlene Silveira I found a mix of sweet, naive and always expressive letters forms. On her website Marlene shares her process to help us understand how she carefully crafts her letterforms. By the way she’s learning to knit. How might her hobby translate into letterforms?

1. Your name and title/business name?

My name is Marlene Silveira. I’m a designer and letterer based in Toronto, Canada.

2. Do you have a specialty or special style that makes you relatively unique? If so, what?

My style is a touch of everything, and I am continually striving to evolve it. The majority of my work focuses on lettering. However, I try to incorporate as much illustration as I can. I’ve always been an analog type of person. Therefore, all of my work consists of handmade elements including touches of vintage aesthetic.


3. What’s your educational background, i.e., college, professional school, high school, apprenticeship, etc.?

I studied Graphic Design at George Brown College with an emphasis in corporate design. I was always interested in art as a child but of course, I was always experimenting and not focused in one direction. I dabbled in everything from life drawing, painting, printmaking and anything else you could imagine. During college; I went from being interested in editorial design to wanting to be a package designer. It’s not until I completed school that I realized I could focus primarily on lettering and illustration which was my real passion.

4. Preferred tool(s) and medium?

Every project usually begins with a roll of tracing paper, a Blackwing pencil or Draft Line 0.5mm mechanical pencil. For experimenting, I prefer using an array of brush pens like the Tombow Fudenosuke, Copic, Pilot Pocket, Faber-Castell, and Uni-Mitsubishi Double Sided which are my favorites. To finish off every project I always use Illustrator and Photoshop.


5. Where or how do you “recharge your creative battery,” i.e., books, blogs, music, art, exercise, meditation, prayer, hobbies, interests, etc.?

I find books or podcasts have always been an outlet for my creativity. But I also enjoy taking breaks to spend time with friends, traveling and I’ve recently taken up knitting as a new hobby with the help of a few dozen Youtube videos.

6. Tell us something about you that might surprise or delight us.

I love music and I spend much of my free time going to live shows.


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