London is hip again, and in this tutorial Holland-based designer Bram Vanhaeren shows you how he created a new piece that draws on all that’s great about the city – taking inspiration from the Olympics, underground club scenes and the city vista from up high.

This masterclass is about giving your typography illustration a fresh touch and experimenting with traditional and digital media, mixing patterns and textures to give your work an extra personal spark. For this tutorial you will need basic Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop skills and some cheap watercolour paint. Afterwards, you should have acquired hands-on techniques you can use on work ranging from typography to editorial to photo manipulation.

STEP 1 Open a new document in Illustrator. Type your text with any font you like – I chose Avant Garde Bold. Select your text and go to Type > Create Outlines. Now you can adjust each letter separately.