Jessica Hische is a letterer, illustrator, and crazy cat lady known for her silly side projects and occasional foul mouth.
The 28 year olds background begins with two very understanding and supportive non-artsy parents that stocked the house full of every pencil, marker, and paint set imaginable. Jessica grew up knowing she wanted to do something art related for a living but had no idea what graphic design was until her sophomore year of college.
She then took an intro course and was hooked. Design to her was satisfying in a completely different way than fine art.
“Everything was like a puzzle you had to solve and it wasn’t (for the most part) self-expressionistic.”
Jessica was and still remains a perfectionist. She would find typefaces that were “close but not perfect” and then end up scrapping them all together to make something new. She noticed quickly that incorporating lettering into her projects elevated them above her classmates, everything was cohesive and considered. At this point, she didn’t realize that it would become her specialty or that it was something you could specialize in, but she knew she loved it.
Soon after Jessica graduated she was offered a job with Louise Fili (Graphic Designer) and while working for her she really honed her lettering skills. She was doing a ton of freelance illustration at night and tried to incorporate lettering whenever possible in small ways. Clients started to notice her lettering and were requesting it specifically when hiring Jessica for illustration work. Her portfolio quickly transitioned from “illustration” to “illustrative lettering” and continues to evolve with the more lettering work she does.
“I love what I do for a living and try as hard as I can to help others find a way to do what they love.”
“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.”