This is an interesting image to think about from calligrapher, Dr. Joseph Vitolo. If you are lettering Copperplate or any other calligraphic hand that requires shades (thick lines), this image is food for thought and then experimentation.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
This beautiful lettering is an example of what calligrapher Rachel Yallop cranks out prolifically with ease. She lives in England and I have been a fan and follower of her work for over a year now. I was fortunate to have been able to take a workshop from her in the summer of 2014 during the international calligraphy conference in Richardson, Texas, called "Legacies II." If you want to see exquisite letterforms, check her out on FB.
I took a yearlong class from Reggie Ezell called "26 Seeds, a Year to Grow." For one of the last sessions, he brought quills for every student that he had cut for us. I had never used a quill before. I dipped the tip into some blue pigment I had made, then started lettering in Italic. It was an experience like none other. The quill glided over the paper, making the letters seem effortless, and I thought I heard The Hallelujah Chorus softly singing in the background. If you have never written with a handmade quill, I encourage you to leap tall buildings in a single bound to do so.
Friday, March 20, 2015
In the yearlong class that I took called "26 Seeds, A Year to Grow," taught by Reggie Ezell, this is one of the workshop days' practice sheet. We were learning Carolingian. The letters in red are a variation of Carolingian done with a pointed pen. I loved it.
This colorful and fun apron was made for a friend. It was a collaboration with a mutual friend, off the cuff, spur of the moment, weekend thing. We made a trip to Michael's and bought fabric markers. Everything on the apron has something to do with Kim.